Boating Facilities Receives Funding Support From McGowan Govt

Boating Facilities Receives Funding Support From McGowan Govt

Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti

Grants To Ramp Up Western Australia Boating Facilities

Victor P Taffa

  • $1.5 Million in funding towards improving recreational boating facilities across Western Australia
  • 9 Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) grants will help develop new facilities and improve existing infrastructure benefiting nearly 100,000 boat owners and others

Key recreational boating facilities such as ramps and jetties will be upgraded or built following the release of $1.5 Million worth of State Government grants.

“Once again, RBFS funding has been keenly sought this year, with a total of 22 eligible applications seeking total grant funding of nearly $6 Million.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.

“Upgrade of facilities at Deepwater Point will significantly improve efficiency and ease waiting times at the very busy ramp especially during peak periods.”

Boat owners across Western Australia will soon enjoy the benefits of 9 projects that were successful in securing funding in the latest round of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme.

City of Melville secured the biggest allocation of the funds with a $700,000 grant to enhance the popular Deepwater Point boating facility by replacing the existing ramp with 2 new ramp lanes and incorporating a new central finger jetty.

Meanwhile, the Shire of Harvey will receive $278,570 to upgrade The Elbow boat ramp and finger jetty to make it suitable for power boat use.

This year’s round of grants was split evenly between metropolitan and regional projects.

“Scheme, established in 1998 to assist in the planning and development of public boating facilities including upgrades to existing infrastructure, allows boat owners to directly contribute as it is partly funded from boat registration fees.” Ms. Saffioti said.

Boating facility managers can apply for grants up to 75 % of the estimated project cost, with the maximum amount limited to $750,000.

Applications can be made for the planning, construction or upgrade of boat launching ramps, jetties, moorings and new channels that are directly related to a public boating facility.

Eligible land-based infrastructure at public boating facilities include trailer parking, toilets, fish cleaning stations, lighting and signage.