The Andrews Labor Government is making it cheaper and easier for more Victorian families to get out on the water by abolishing parking and launching fees at public boat ramps.

Boat launching and parking fees at Port Welshpool are now free as part of a statewide plan to scrap parking and launching at all public boat ramps.

Scrapping parking and launching fees is the first step in delivering on this major election commitment and will save families up to $315 a year on an annual parking permit.

Every public boat ramp across Victoria will be free by Spring – ready for the busy summer boating period.

Better Boating Victoria was established earlier this year to oversee the introduction of free parking and launching, and deliver upgrades and maintenance at key boat ramps across Victoria.

It’s all part of the Labor Government’s unprecedented investment in boating and fishing that will ensure every dollar of license and registration revenue goes towards improving boating facilities and safety.

Better Boating Victoria is building on the success of the Government’s record investment in the Target One Million program which includes a huge boost to fish stocking, a new native fish hatchery and better planning for fishing tourism.

For more information visit transport.vic.gov.au/betterboating.

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett.

“We’ve listened to boaters and are delivering on our commitment to scrap parking and launching fees – making it cheaper and easier for more Victorians to get involved in recreational boating and fishing.”

“Port Welshpool is a popular local spot for boaters and fishers and it’s great that parking and launching from here will now be free.”