20 June 2013
Australia’s southern rock lobster capital will be given a boost with upgrades and expansion to its fishing infrastructure.
The boat ramp and wharf at Port MacDonnell will be expanded and upgraded with state, federal and local council funding.
The $1.8 million in state funding is from the boating facilities fund.
The facilities are used by a thriving rock lobster fishing fleet and growing number of amateur fishers, will be expanded and upgraded.
Approximately 190 fishing licences operate out of Port MacDonnell.
The boat ramp will be widened from two to four lanes and the concrete wharf will be upgraded and extended by 90 metres.
The improvements will reduce congestion at the facility and allow both professional and amateur fishers to get on and off of the water faster and more safely.
Two new floating pontoons will make it easier and safer to get board and disembark from boats.
An ageing fuelling pipe on the jetty will be replaced with a safer and more environmentally friendly system.
The location is the most southerly in the country and the only safe haven in that part of the country.
Port MacDonnell is situated 28kms south of the city of Mount Gambier in South Australia's Limestone Coast, 450km south east of Adelaide and 460km west of Melbourne.
Image: existing boat ramp at Port MacDonnell that will be upgraded