Camperdown's Lake Bullen Merri will get up to $2.5 million to upgrade its boat ramp with money for the project announced in the state budget on Thursday.
Work will be carried out on the southern shore of Lake Bullen Merri, near Camperdown, with works to include a centrally located pontoon, new concrete ramps, an improved turning circle, and an underwater retaining wall to minimise future impacts of sedimentation.
Corangamite Shire Council mayor Ruth Gstrein welcomed the funding announcement and said declining water levels had created continual problems with the boat ramp.
Cr Gstrein said that as the water levels dropped, you could literally fall off the end of it.
"It's a much need project," she said.
"It's a terrific outcome."
Ms Gstrein said the upgrade would cater for users for a long time to come.
"It's great news for the local community," she said.
South Beach Committee of management chairman Phil Russell said a lot of time had been put in by a dedicated group of users to get to this stage.
"It's a real win for the community," Mr Russell said.
"It's reward for effort. There's no doubt about that."
Mr Russell said there were problems with receding water line and build up of sand at the end of the boat ramp that had to be continually dug out and the ramp extended.
He said the new design took into account the problems users were having with the boat ramp. "It can be extended and moved out into the lake as the water recedes," Mr Russell said.
He said it was also designed to help reduce the amount of wave action at the ramp.
Mr Russell said there would be so many benefits to the local and wider community by having a state of the art facility.
He said they had an amazing turnout over Easter weekend to the yachting regatta, and hopes were high the new ramp would be in place for next year's event.
"It's a great result," he said.
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