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Statement from the Mayor

Thursday 18 October 2018

Keep bay users safe

Tuesday’s announcement by the Victorian Opposition of $8 million towards Council’s Olivers Hill Precinct Project is a fantastic win for ensuring our bay is safe.

This is a great start towards delivering a new operations and training facility for the Frankston Volunteer Coast Guard and a safe boat refuge at Olivers Hill Boat Ramp where Coast Guard and Water Police vessels can be permanently moored.

Council is aware of the need to consider all of the environmental impacts to ensure any proposed design is respectful of our coastal marine environment with a balance of environmental preservation and marine safety.

Initial concept plans for the design of the safe boat refuge and Coast Guard facility will be made available to the public during future community consultation.

Having facilities ready to go at Olivers Hill means nearby marine emergency rescue times will be cut from the current 40 or more minutes to an average of 15 minutes, while allowing safe transportation of patients from the water to paramedics on land.

We’re delighted Council’s strong advocacy has resulted in this positive outcome and we thank the Coast Guard and local marine organisations such as That’s The Thing About Fishing for their combined efforts.

But we still need equal commitments from Victorian Government, Federal Government and Federal Opposition to get the project started.

The Olivers Hill Precinct Project will deliver:

  • A new safe boat refuge making mooring the Frankston Coast Guard and Water Police vessels safer
  • Training facilities for new recruits and small boat operators
  • Public amenities including new toilets

To view our commitment tracker, visit: frankston.vic.gov.au/advocacy

Learn more about this project, share your stories and receive updates at: futurefrankston.com.au

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