Work was undertaken in two stages across more than 12 months to add a third ramp lane, new central pontoon and additional car parking.
Upgrades included adding a third ramp lane, a new central pontoon and improvements to the main and overflow carparks.
A Better Boating Victoria (BBV) spokesperson said the new ramp had been designed to accommodate anticipated sea level rise over its 25-year design life.
“This is a key requirement of environmental approvals. A specialist coastal scientist was engaged early on in the project to determine anticipated sea-level rise and storm surges over 25 years,” the spokesperson said.
"The ramp crest is now raised and sits 250mm higher compared to the original ramp. The sea wall has also been designed to accommodate future height increases.”
The upgrade was part of the state government’s $35 million Go Fishing Victoria plan, aimed at improving recreational fishing and fish stocks.
Under the same initiative, commercial net fishing in Port Phillip has also been banned – leaving more than 600 tonnes of extra fish, according to BBV.
“These upgrades will ensure the Bellarine Peninsula is a go-to boating destination for locals and visitors for years to come, with both ramps to provide better access and a stress-free start to a day on the water,” said Bellarine MP Lisa Neville.