Safe Boat Refuge and Coast Guard facility

With more residents and visitors coming to Frankston every year, our bay is busier than ever before. Frankston Volunteer Coast Guard responded to more than 150 incidents in the past year alone, and the number of people out on the water is rapidly increasing.

Currently, no safe refuge from severe weather and rough sea exists in Frankston for Coast Guard and Water Police. Vessels are currently deployed from Patterson River, Sandringham or Williamstown, delaying rescues by up to 100 minutes or preventing them in adverse weather.

On top of that, after many decades and numerous restoration works the Coast Guard's operations centre had reached the end of its serviceable life and was demolished leaving them without a permanent home. Frankston City Council has stepped in and provided temporary facilities.

Council has worked with key stakeholders to develop a plan to fix these problems which will allow the Coast Guard to respond to emergencies quickly and will allow boaters to safely retrieve their vessel in any weather.

Initial concept plans for a Coast Guard facility and safe boat refuge at Olivers Hill have been drafted and preliminary investigations completed. As a result, further community consultation and more in-depth environmental studies are being undertaken.

In order to deliver this project, Council has committed $8 million and requires equal contributions of $8 million from both state and federal governments.

More information, draft plans and frequently asked questions please view attachments.

Project Update

*The current consultation period for this project has ended.

Outcomes of the community consultation for a proposed Safe Boat Refuge and Coast Guard Facility at Olivers Hill was presented to Council at the 1 April 2019 Ordinary Meeting.

Councillors made the following decision:

That Council:

  • Notes the outcome of the community consultation for the proposed Coast Guard Facility and Boat Refuge at Olivers Hill;
  • Supports Council Officers to continue to investigate the feasibility of alternate options such as at the mouth of Kananook Creek, Frankston Pier, and potential alternative designs for Olivers Hill; and
  • Notes that a further report will be brought back to Council outlining the initial assessment on alternate options at October 2019 Ordinary Meeting.

 In accordance with this decision, the project team is currently working alongside relevant consultants and stakeholders in assessing alternate options. The findings from this investigation will be reported to the 14 October 2019 Ordinary Meeting.

Page last updated: 30 September 2019.

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