Emu Bay Boat Ramp


Note: 5 ton load limit

Council would like to advise residents and visitors that work to upgrade the Emu Bay Boat Ramp is continuing.

These works cover the upgrade and construction of the boat ramp facilities - 1 x 4m wide ramp and 1 x 8m wide ramp running side by side with a jetty / walkway structure on either side of the ramps. The facility has  been designed as a recreational-use facility for boats up to these widths - which includes the Coast Guard vessel - for use in fair weather. Use by commercial operators is possible under permit and interested individuals should approach Council to discuss their particular needs.

Consultation on the boat ramp was conducted in early 2015, with Council then investigating funding options. In July 2017, the South Australian Boating Facility Advisory Committee (SABFAC) approved to provide 50% of actual project costs up to a maximum of $950,000 from the Facilities Fund (Marine). Confirmation of 50% SABFAC funding has given Council the assurance to proceed with the project and to fund the remaining 50%.

Preliminary works started in March 2018. The major ramp now is closed however the eastern/right hand side ramp remains open at this stage. Both ramps may have to be closed at some point. If both ramps are closed Council will inform the public.

Council will provide additional details on ramp closure, impacts on parking and timing through the implementation.

Unfortunately the new Emu Bay Boat Ramp will not be opened prior to the Christmas break.  Boat users will still be able to access the existing RHS ramp, which has been accessible throughout the upgrade project. Work will be completed on ensuring the RHS ramp has good depth and is safe for most boats, however large boats may be required to use alternative facilities.

Council apologises for the delays with the project however to ensure safety for boat users and a good final product we have decided to delay the opening. The contractor were back onsite on the 7th of January to continue the works. Boat Ramp access is expected to remain until the new ramp is opened.

Details of the upgrade are available here.

The Decision Notification Cover letter and form have now been received.



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