The Victorian Government committed to undertaking a review of how boating facilities are managed across Port Phillip and Western Port. The outcomes of this review will provide options to help improve how boating facilities are managed across the bays.

As part of this review, a discussion paper was released in December 2019 that identified some of the current limitations, and we sought feedback from the boating community about how recreational boating facilities can be managed better as part of a consultation that ran between 6 December 2019 and 10 January 2020.

The areas identified in the discussion paper and highlighted by stakeholders during consultation included:

  • Clarity about what is considered a boating facility
  • Variable standards of maintenance across Port Phillip & Western Port
  • The need for a plan to ensure consistency in the way recreational boating is managed across different locations
  • Gaps in funding, skills and experience for those required to manage facilities
  • Limited ways for boaters to provide feedback and get information about the way boating infrastructure is managed
  • The way other States manage boating infrastructure can provide ideas for Victoria to do things better.

Boating facility users, managers and boating industry stakeholders took part in the consultation and their feedback will help inform options that will improve how public boating infrastructure is managed in Port Phillip and Western Port.


Thank you to everyone who had their say on the Port Phillip and Western Port boating infrastructure management review.

The feedback we received as part of this consultation will help us improve how public boating infrastructure is managed.

Read the conversation summary (611KB, PDF) to find out what we heard during consultation.