Iconic harbour landmark in Warrnambool reopens

The wait is over for local anglers and visitors following the completion of critical repairs at Warrnambool’s historic harbour.

The Victorian Government invested $250,000 in emergency funds to repair the Warrnambool Breakwater after a storm caused significant damage in April 2021.

The works have restored pedestrian access to the breakwater and parapet walkway, with safety handrailing and concrete capping reinstated.

Repairs to the low landing deck will support the local commercial fishing industry to unload their catch and refuel their boats.

Built between 1884 and 1890, the Warrnambool landmark at Lady Bay remains one of the most recognisable and popular sites in Victoria’s southwest.

The project was funded through the 2021-22 Local Port Program and was overseen by local ports manager Warrnambool City Council.

The Victorian Government, through Better Boating Victoria, has also funded the upgrade of Warrnambool’s boating facilities to the tune of $3.5 million. Warrnambool City Council recently awarded a contract for construction to Bridgewater Marine, which will see two new jetties built and the boat ramp resurfaced amid a host of improvements.

A further $1 million of funding has been awarded to the council by Better Boating Victoria, which will see significant dredging undertaken near the ramp in Lady Bay to provide better boating access at all tides.

The upgrades will make it easier for boaters launch and retrieve their vessels from the water.

Work is expected to begin in June and take about three months to complete.

Source: Vic Government