Boat ramp revamp

Boat ramp revamp

With summer just around the corner, the upgrading of Montagu Boat Ramp will have local fisherman keen to get on the water. 

Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) has partially closed the boat ramp to allow the replacement of the landing stage and upgrading of the western boat ramp. 

Dedicated users are still able to access the right-hand lane of the eastern boat ramp, and boats can still be launched at Smithton, Stanley and Rocky Cape.

With joint funding of $320,000 from Circular Head Council and MAST, contractors are currently at the Old Port Road location removing the existing timber landing stage to replace with a precast concrete structure as well as upgrading the western lane. 

Project manager Jim Caulfield said the upgrades were timely with the ramp being an important resource for the boating community and the current structure, dating back to 2001, reaching the end of its life.

Works are expected to be completed and the boat ramp open with full access by November 1, just in time for the camping season. 

The Montagu Park Recreation Reserve which is owned by Circular Head Council is open all year, excluding October when the park is closed for annual maintenance. During peak season, from November 1 to April 30, an on site caretaker oversees the reserve.