Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (12:44:33): My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Roads, Minister for Road Safety and the TAC and Minister for Fishing and Boating, the Honourable Jaala Pulford. My question to the minister relates to her portfolio responsibilities of fishing and boating. The Andrews Labor government is making it cheaper and easier for more Victorian families to get out on the water by abolishing parking and launching fees at public boat ramps. The abolition of fees at the Warmies boat ramp is the first step in delivering on this major commitment in my electorate and will save families up to $315 a year on an annual parking permit. My question to the minister is: can the minister give me an update on the expected time line for the rollout of this initiative to the remaining boating ramps in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region, which includes the Altona boat ramp, Werribee South boat ramp and Williamstown boat ramp?
The Victorian Government committed to removing boat launching and parking fees at public boat ramps. I am pleased to advise that fees have been removed from the vast majority of public boat ramp fees across Victoria.
I can confirm that all public boat ramps in the Western Metropolitan Region are now fee free, including Altona, Newport and Werribee South.
Other locations where fees have been removed include boat ramps at Patterson River, Warneet, Stony Point, Rhyll, Newheaven, Inverloch, Cowes, Portland, Corinella, Lake Nagambie, Fishermans Beach in Torquay , Port Welshpool, Tooradin, Lake Eildon, Mornington Peninsula ramps including Schnapper Point, Fishermans Beach, Rye, Safety Beach, Sorrento, Hastings, Tootgarook, and Dromana, Frankston ramps including Olivers Hill and Kananook Creek, as well as Lake Boort and the Loddon River at Bridgewater.