A tender to design and cost an upgrade to the Canal Rocks boat ramp and finger jetty has been awarded to Bunbury engineering firm WML Consulting.
A Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions spokesperson said an engineer would produce a design with estimated construction costs for a new finger jetty and boat ramp at Canal Rocks.
The spokesperson said the design work would then be reviewed, and any required adjustments made.
"Once costings are confirmed, final designs will be developed, and a tender called for construction," the spokesperson said.
"DBCA anticipates the construction tender will be called before the end of the year and we will be seeking funds through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme managed by the Department of Transport."
City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley said it was encouraging to see such proactive steps being taken toward the upgrade.
"Canal Rocks Boat Ramp is the only launching facility on the western coastline between Dunsborough and Gracetown," he said.
"It is used extensively by rescue services, residents, tourists, professional fishermen and charter operators. It is also used by emergency response vessels.
"It is a very important community asset and we are pleased to see it will be retained and upgraded."
Vasse MLA Libby Mettam welcomed the start of works to redesign the boat ramp and jetty and congratulated the community for fighting hard to keep it open.
"After months of extensive lobbying, including two rallies, a petition and many meetings, it was encouraging to see the McGowan Government listened and commonsense prevailed," she said.
"This is a real win for the community that worked tirelessly to ensure this vital facility remained open, not only for volunteer marine rescues services, but for all users.
"Safety at this site is paramount and while the McGowan Government has only committed to the design stage at this point, I hope it is followed up with the appropriate level of investment to carry out the actual work once the design is finalised."