Anglers and water skiers will enjoy better access to Lake Borumba with the construction of a new double lane ramp.

Work will start on the $420,000 boat ramp upgrade this week and is expected to take up to six weeks to complete, weather permitting.

The existing boat ramp will be temporarily closed during construction.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the boat ramp, which was the only point available to access the lake, needed an upgrade to improve safety and usability.

The existing single lane ramp will be removed and replaced by a new, double lane boat ramp with a queuing area to the left of the ramp.

Mr Dennis said Seqwater had investigated various options for improving access to the lake and a new ramp was the preferred solution.

Community feedback received during Seqwater’s Recreation Review in 2013, the most significant consultation on the future of recreation in and around South East Queensland lakes, strongly supported the upgrade to the existing facilities.

“The patience of users during construction is much appreciated,” Mr Dennis said. “We will work to reopen the ramp as soon as the improvements are completed.

“We did look into installing a temporary boat ramp during the upgrade, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible to accommodate a temporary ramp on a construction site.

“About one in every 19 Queenslanders own a boat, and the popularity of recreational boating and fishing is continually increasing so it’s important to improve our facilities to meet the demand.

“The new ramp will allow for better and safer access to the lake by boat and encourage future recreation use of Lake Borumba.”

To further enhance the site, Seqwater will also build a new fish cleaning table to complement with the boat ramp upgrade works.

The project is partially funded by the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing.

Works to build a double lane boat ramp at Lake Borumba begin this week.