Victorian boaters up in arms over poorly maintained boat ramps and infrastructure
In Victoria, $27m in boat registrations and marine licences is collected annually by the state government. While there is a requirement that this revenue is spent on recreational boating, many Victorian boaties say the state’s boat ramps and infrastructure are poorly maintained and severely lacking in comparison to facilities in other states in Australia.
The Boating Industry Association of Victoria says only $3m per year is currently being spent on the state’s boat ramps and as a result, there are failing facilities, reduced water access, and a negative impact on boating perceptions and participation. This situation has also resulted in growing incidences of ramp rage and significant opportunities have reportedly been lost in terms of industry growth and jobs.
This situation has culminated in the BIAV driven Ramp Rage online campaign which is urging Victoria’s boaties to contact the state government to seriously address the situation before it becomes even more dire with the busy summer boating season fast approaching.
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