Palm Beach West Boat Ramp Refurbishment Project

  • Major infrastructure projects
  • Planning and design

Project summary

We are planning on upgrading Palm Beach West Boat Ramp and are seeking community input on the concept design.

Overview

We are proposing to upgrade the Palm Beach West Boat Ramp to provide a safe and enjoyable boating facility for the community, and we are seeking your input.

The existing boat ramp infrastructure is nearing the end of its design life and requires refurbishment. We will commence a detailed design of the facility this financial year (2022/2023). The construction upgrade is planned for 2023/2024.

The future planning and design of the boat ramp upgrade has been developed in line with the City’s Coastal Facilities Strategy. The boat ramp design  will be funded by the Department of Transport’s Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS). The Department will contribute 75 per cent towards the detailed design cost for the project.

We have developed a concept plan which we are asking users of the Palm Beach West Boat Ramp and the local community to share their thoughts on. The plan has been based on a condition assessment of theboat ramp and taking into consideration previous community feedback.

The key components of the upgrade include:

  • the addition of a dedicated jet ski ramp
  • improving safe pedestrian crossing
  • addition of a centralised finger jetty between the pre-cast concrete boat ramps
  • inclusion of a vehicle and boat trailer turning loop
  • dedicated boat launch and retrieval lanes; and
  • rigging and derigging slip lanes.

Share your thoughts

We value the community’s input in providing a safe and enjoyable boating facility and welcome your submission on the concept plan, which is available below:

Submissions close Friday 16 December 2022. Should you have any queries about the project, please contact the City’s Coastal Engineering Officer Tim Clee on 9528 0333.

Frequently asked questions

Why is the upgrade required?

The existing boat ramp marine infrastructure is nearing the end of its design life and requires refurbishment. Minor improvements to the facility layout will assist with vessel launching and retrieval, safety and efficiency.

What is the budget of the project and who is funding it?

The project’s design budget is $80,000.  The City has received a 75 per cent funding grant from the Department of Transport’s Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) for the detailed design process.

Why a dedicated jet ski ramp is being proposed?

To segregate smaller and larger vessel launching/retrieval activities. This will improve the efficiency of the ramp and cater for Rockingham’s rapidly growing jet ski ownership numbers.

Will more parking be available?

While there will be the addition of dedicated rigging and derigging slip lanes at the facility, boat trailer parking will not be upgraded during these works. Overflow trailer parking at Rotary Park will continue to be available for peak usage periods.

What is the construction timeframe?

The City has applied for Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme grant program funding (RBFS) for construction to be undertaken in the 2023/2024 financial year. The construction will be subject to the project qualifying for the funding which can be up to 75 per cent of the construction cost.

Why is the footpath being realigned?

The current alignment of the zebra pedestrian crossing requires vehicles with boat trailers to reverse over this crossing on the boat ramp approach. The construction of a vehicle and boat trailer turning loop and realignment of the footpath enables the relocation of this zebra pedestrian crossing, improving visibility of pedestrians to vehicle drivers.

Location

Esplanade, Rockingham
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