Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
State Budget 2010-11: Massive Cash Injection For Recreational Boating Facilities
Victor P Taffa
In 2010-11 and across the forward estimates the State Government will provide for the biggest single cash injection for the improvement of Western Australia’s recreational boating facilities in the history of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS).
Announcing the significant increase in funding today, Transport Minister Simon O’Brien and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said $24 Million in grants would be available over the next four years to invest in WA’s recreational boating infrastructure. The bulk of the funds have been provided through the Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
The $24 Million RBFS allocation was part of the State Government’s overall $68 Million investment in WA’s recreational boating facilities over the next four years.
Mr. Grylls said WA was home to some remarkable coastline and this funding boost would give boat users greater access to the attractive environment.
“Providing adequate and safe facilities, particularly in regional WA, is a challenge but this Government is determined to meet the growing demand for new boating facilities and the continued improvement of existing infrastructure throughout the State.” Mr. Grylls said.
Mr. O’Brien said the boost in funds would enable facility managers throughout the State to plan and provide the infrastructure needed for their local recreational boating fleet.
“The funding 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. O’Brien said.
“The RBFS guidelines are also being revised and it is envisaged that all projects will be funded at 75 % and the grant limit available for a single project will be significantly increased from the current $500,000.”
The funds available through the RBFS grants scheme are administered by the Department of Transport.