Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing MP announced today that the new $598,000 Cowes Jetty at the Anderson Road boat ramp on Phillip Island will open this weekend.

The new 60 metre jetty will provide locals and visitors in Cowes with safer, more efficient and more convenient boating facilities at Anderson Road.

The Andrews Labor Government provided $378,000 towards the upgrade through the Boating Safety and Facilities Program with the remainder funded by Bass Coast Shire Council.

The program supports community groups, local and state government agencies and waterway managers to upgrade and build boating facilities, purchase new search and rescue vessels and improve navigation and safety signage.

For more information about the Boating Safety and Facilities Program, contact the Grants Administration Team on 1800 337 222, email or visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing MP

“The Jetty upgrade gives boating enthusiasts in Cowes new, safer and more convenient access to the beautiful waterways around Phillip Island.”

“This important improvement to local water access means that recreational boating enthusiasts can launch boats more smoothly during busy periods, and the other ramps around Phillip Island will be better equipped to meet demand.”

Quotes attributable to Bass Coast Shire Council Thompson Ward Cr Andrew Phillips

“This design was largely influenced by information gained at several community information sessions and stakeholder discussions that were conducted by Council.”

“I am looking forward to seeing many in our community using the Cowes facility as the boating season starts to get busy.”