Why is council undertaking this project?

    Council is undertaking this project as it is clear that there is a need to update planning for this area and develop a concept plan that can be implemented and will support the important boating and lake access role that this site plays. The Paynesville Business and Tourism Association, has identified the improvement of the Slip Road area as one of their five top priorities for Paynesville, This work funded by   the Victorian State Government will enable this work to be undertaken..  The Victorian Government has also committed to providing $1.1M to upgrade the Slip Road foreshore including a seawall and boardwalk, meaning that this won’t be a plan that sits on a shelf unfunded.

    Who is funding the project?

    The Victorian Government is funding this project.  The $250,000 grant for planning has been provided by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.  The Victorian Government has also committed the $1.1M to the Slip Road Maritime Precinct construction.

    Is the project fully funded?

    The funding already committed by the Victorian State Government is insufficient to fund the full scope of the concept plans as described.  Council is seeking additional funding from both the State and Federal Government to deliver the full scope of the concept plan.

    What is included in the scope of the project?

    The funding provided to date is expected to fund planning and concept and detailed designs, seawall improvements and a board walk.  

    Additional works including; boat ramp improvements, drainage works, landscaping, trails will be included when additional funding is made available.

    When will building start?

    Construction of the agreed works will commence mid 2021.

    Will there be more berths provided?

    Gippsland Ports are currently undertaking funding requests for the provision of additional berths to accommodate both itinerant and annual berths.

    How can a learn more about the project?

    Information on the project can be found; here on the council website, at the Paynesville Service Centre or at the drop in sessions to be held at Slip Road near the boat jetty:

    • Friday 4th December 2pm to 3:30pm
    • Saturday 5th December 9:30am to 11am

    You can also contact the project manager Jenny Bailey to discuss who can be contacted on 0408 400 659 or jennybai@egipps.vic.gov.au

    How can I comment on the project?

    You can comment on the project through; discussions at the drop in session, through completion of the survey or via email or phone to the Project Manager Jenny Bailey who can be contacted on 0408 400 659 or jennybai@egipps.vic.gov.au

    Who is in the reference group?

    The following individuals are on the reference group.



    Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning

    Jeremy Neilson

    East Gippsland Shire Council

    Fiona Weigall

    Tom Weatherall

    Jenny Bailey

    Gunaikrrnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation 

    Marc Higgins

    Gippsland Ports

    Chris Waites

    Paynesville Business and Tourism Association

    Martin Richardson

    Tamara Cook

    Destination Gippsland

    Nick Murray

    Regional Development Victoria

    Claire Connolly

    Bill Dahlsen

    Local resident

    Tony Webster

    Boating Industry Association Victoria

    Will the boat ramp be upgraded?

    Improvements to the boat ramp are included in the concept plan.  The improvements include the addition of another lane to the boat ramp.   However these improvements are not yet funded.

    Will parking for boats and trailers be impacted?

    A  similar amount of parking will continue to be provided, though there may be some changes and improvements to parking layout

    Will any existing berths be impacted?

    The concept plans include a self-operated punt to enable pedestrians and cyclists to access the site along the foreshore.  This punt is not funded.  Should there be additional funding made available to fund this punt then there are a few berths on the canal that may have to be relocated.

    What if my berth has to be relocated?

    Should your berth need to be removed to accommodate the punt then Gippsland Ports will provide an alternative berth for your boat and you will be contacted directly to discuss this potential impact.

    What is the role of Gippsland Ports?

    Gippsland Ports manage the berths in the vicinity of the project site.  Gippsland Ports are seeking funding for the provision of more berths.

    Will there be any impact on the Maritime Industry?

    The concept plan includes; widened boat jetty, provision for future vertical lift launching options and the provision of a ‘working berth’ where work can be done on boats at the jetty for low impact activities without having to slip the boats at Gippsland Ports.   These facilities are not yet funded.

    Who will be doing the work?

    At this stage no tenders have been let for the project, but the works will be undertaken by contractors managed through East Gippsland Shire Council’s processes.

    Is any land proposed to be rezoned?

    There are no proposals to rezone any land.

    What about the old Bulls Cruisers site?

    Gippsland Ports has no immediate plans to seek a new tenant for the site.  Once upgrade works have been done on site Gippsland Ports may seek  a commercial provider of boat hire.  Provision in the plans has been made for such a facility.