State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced $163,870 in NSW Government funding for Liverpool City Council’s plans for a new kayak launch facility at Light Horse Park in Liverpool .
Ms Gibbons said the new non-powered vessel facility represents one of 69 successful projects allocated grant funding under the NSW Government’s $28 million investment in Round 3 of the Boating Now program which supports infrastructure projects to improve boating access, amenities and safety for NSW boaters.
The new round will allow local councils, boating and community groups, as well as private sector organisations, deliver new or upgraded boating infrastructure, including boat ramps, jetties, wharves, car and trailer parking, dinghy storage racks and sewage pump-outs.
“The project at Light Horse Park will involve designing and building a new kayak launch facility on the Georges River close to the new Paper Mill Precinct. The new launch facility will include an all-abilities access kayak launch platform to cater for individuals in a wheelchair.
“The program is funded from boating licence and registration fees which are reinvested back into initiatives that improve boating for local communities.
“We are offering delivery partners up to 25 per cent of the grant value up front to help fast-track the planning and delivery of projects to stimulate local economies.” Ms Gibbons said.
As part of the new round of funding, $2 million has been set aside for boating infrastructure to be repaired quickly following damage caused by severe weather events such as storms and bushfires.
The remaining funding will be allocated to priority infrastructure outcomes identified in the 2018 Maritime Infrastructure Plan, which provides strategic guidance for investing in maritime infrastructure, with the outcomes that are receiving funding to be announced later this year.
The Boating Now Program also contributes to achieving the outcomes for the ten-year Marine Estate Management Strategy to coordinate the management of the marine estates in NSW.
The Boating Now Round 3 allocation is in addition to the $70 million investment since the program commenced in 2015.
For more information on the program and successful projects go to www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/key-build-program/boating-now.