Upgrade for Apollo Bay Harbour

Economic Development Pillar

The State Government has committed $1.35 million to carry out works on Apollo Bay Harbour, including the dredging of the main harbour channel to improve boat access.

The upgraded harbour and facilities will support the port manager and the Apollo Bay Fishing Cooperative by future-proofing the main navigation channel, berths and unloading areas for ongoing use.

The works will also involve vital maintenance and improvements to the breakwater, and the repair of the slipway winch, which pulls boats into the dry dock.

Colac Otway Shire manages the Apollo Bay Harbour which generates $6.5 million annually for the local economy. It also provides safe berthing and mooring for around 40 vessels, including two for tourist charters.

The harbour dredging project involves shifting around 60,000 cubic metres of sand which has accumulated over the last 20 years and massively reduced access and function of the harbour.

Two-thirds of the harbour will be dredged to a depth of about 3.5 metres – a harbour depth that hasn’t existed since the 1950s.

The build-up of sand inside the harbour has consistently been identified as the biggest challenge at the Port by the harbour users and boating community. Dredging will allow the Colac Otway Shire to increase the number of moorings and berths.

Seeking upgrades and investment in tourism and other infrastructure at the Apollo Bay Harbour is a key objective of the G21 Regional Harbours Priority Project.