an important recreational and social outlet for many people. Boat
registration is increasing faster than population growth. The size
of boats is increasing, as is the demand for launching and retrieval
and boat storage facilities.
industry contributes significantly to employment and economic activity
in Victoria, with direct expenditure on boating of $1.4 billion
in 2005, as well as contributing to our health and enjoyment of
the coast (Central Coastal Board, 2007).
important commercial fishing fleets, diving vessels, tourism operations
and marine management, research, and search and rescue boats also
operate from boat ramps and facilities along the coast.
It is important
to understand and strategically manage the increasing demand for
improved and new boating facilities. We need to provide safe access
to, from and on the water while ensuring impacts on the natural
environment and coastal processes are minimised. The safety of boat
users and swimmers is paramount.
The high capital
and maintenance cost of infrastructure to support boating activities
remains a challenge for coastal planners, managers and community-based
clubs and groups. Balancing these needs with those of other coastal
user groups and the ongoing pressure for commercial development
will become an increasing challenge.
plan for and deliver sustainable boating facilities and infrastructure
on the coast via Coastal Action Plans that respond to a demand
assessment, safety considerations, the protection and sustainable
management of coastal processes, conservation objectives,
and quality of experience for all beach users.
new access and review existing inappropriate access in accordance
with the recreational boating facilities hierarchy. See figure
11 page 86 .
the provision of effluent disposal facilities at strategic boating
locations to address illegal sewage discharge from boats.
Develop and implement (and/or review as required) boating Coastal
Action Plans across Victoria (RCB,
MSV, PV, CoM, LG).
Develop a long-term strategy for the upgrade and sustainable development
of safe boating facilities and infrastructure at strategically identified
sites along the Victorian coast (DSE,