It’s all about better boating for NSW

Seventy applications have been received for new recreational boating infrastructure projects across NSW, Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi announced today.
Eight applications were received for Sydney Harbour and another 62 for regional NSW.
“Close to $2.5 million is available in funding for these projects,” Mr Tripodi said.
“NSW Maritime has received 70 applications from 53 different councils and community organisations. Independent assessment committees will meet next month to consider all of the submitted projects.
“Successful applicants are expected to be announced early in the New Year under the united banner of the Better Boating Program.”
Next year, all regional and metropolitan maritime infrastructure projects will be administered through the one program – the Better Boating Program – which will consolidate the current funding sources.  
“From next year, the combined Better Boating Program for NSW will be worth $25 million over 5 years,” Mr Tripodi said.
Just over $1 million was allocated to seven Sydney Harbour boat ramp projects in 2007-08. These included:
• $455,000 to Parramatta and Ryde Council for the Ermington Wharf Rd to widen the boat ramp, replace the existing pontoon, improve traffic flow at the ramp and undertake detailed design for further improvements to the facility. 

• $227,000 to Canada Bay Council for an upgraded boat ramp and new pontoon at Taplin Park, Drummoyne, giving boating enthusiasts easy access to the harbour. 

• $100,000 to National Parks for the Davidson Park boat ramp that will enable the remediation of the existing boat ramp as well as the upgrade of engine flushing facilities and car/trailer parking to improve the amenity and safety for boat ramp users.   

As at October 2008, 28 regional maritime infrastructure projects awarded for 2007/08 – worth $1.88 million in grants.
Details of all recently approved grants are listed on the NSW Maritime website