State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced $722,000 in NSW Government funding for Sutherland Shire Council’s plans for upgrading the Sandy Point boat ramp on the Georges River.
Ms Gibbons said the boat ramp upgrade 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 Sandy Point upgrade will involve re-building the existing boat ramp and the installation of a new pontoon to make it easier and safer for boaters to access the Georges River.
“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.