THE main Portland boat ramp is being upgraded at a cost of $251,000 as an interim measure ahead of the construction of a new four-lane boat ramp, but the Glenelg Shire Council says some materials will be recycled. The upgrade of the boat ramp, to meet the demands of heavy boat use in the summer, was announced in 2010 after the state government awarded a $201,000 grant to the council. However, the project has been delayed due to design changes and the need to work around the tuna fishing season, a council spokeswoman said. So far, all 11 piles have been installed and nine pontoons will be in-place by mid-November. The work is being carried out by Superior Jetties, the same company that is constructing the 70-berth marina as part of the $6 million coastal infrastructure plan. According to the council spokeswoman, the nine pontoons will be recycled. Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.