Funding Increase For Boating Facilities

Funding Increase For Boating Facilities

Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

State Government Provides Record Funding For Boating Facility Improvements

Victor P Taffa

The State Government is calling for applications for record funding of $6.5 Million to improve Recreational Boating Facilities throughout the State.

The 2010-11 round of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) was announced today by Transport Minister Simon O’Brien and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls.

The Ministers said a massive boost in funding for the scheme from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program would see an additional $20 Million available for eligible projects over the next four years.

Mr. O’Brien said boating was an increasingly popular activity in Western Australia and the boost in funds would enable facility managers throughout the State to plan and provide the infrastructure needed to meet the demand from local recreational boating fleets.

 

“The RBFS Guidelines have been revised and facility managers can now apply for 75 % of the project costs, with the maximum grant available set at $2.25 Million for projects in regional areas and $750,000 in the Metropolitan Area.” the Minister said.

“These changes will allow large-scale projects to be undertaken with assistance from the RBFS, which previously had a grant limit of $500,000 for a single project.”

“Grants can be used for boat launching ramps, jetties, moorings, and channels and breakwaters directly related to a public recreational boating facility or land-based items located at such a facility, including trailer parking areas, toilets, fish cleaning tables and signage.”

Mr. Grylls said at least 75 % of the $6.5 Million available in RBFS funding in Round 16 would be allocated to projects outside the Perth Metropolitan Area.

“Previously under the scheme, annual funding reached a high of $1.85 Million in the last round and since its inception in 1998, the scheme has allocated about $11 Million to 225 Projects.” Mr. Grylls said.

“The increased funds available in 2010-11 will help meet the growing demand for new boating facilities as well as see the continued improvement of existing infrastructure throughout the State.”

In the last State Budget, the Government announced that the $20 Million RBFS allocation was part of an overall $68 Million investment in WA’s recreational boating facilities over the next four years.

The RBFS is administered by the Department of Transport.

Boat owners make a direct contribution to the RBFS as it is partly funded from boat registration fees.

Recreational boat owners are encouraged to discuss project proposals with the Local Government. Individuals cannot apply for funds applications can only be made by eligible authorities.

Applications close on February 16, 2011.

WA Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

WA Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls