Boating Facilities Set To Improve

Boating Facilities Set To Improve

Victoria Minister for Ports Denis Napthine

Victorian Boaters Are Big Winners In State Budget

Victor P Taffa

The Boating Safety and Facilities program has received a big boost with the Victorian Coalition Government setting aside $20 Million for this vital program in the recent State Budget.

Speaking at the Boating Industry of Australia Victorian Marine Industry Awards this morning, Minister for Ports Denis Napthine said Victorian boaters would be the big winners thanks to this funding.

“The Coalition Government has allocated $5 million each year for the next four years to go towards undertaking important upgrades at boating facilities around the state as well as supporting other safety initiatives such as funding search and rescue operations and improving navigation aids.” Dr. Napthine said.

“While recent flooding has had a devastating effect on some parts of Victoria, many of our inland waterways have been replenished by the downpour.”

“As a result anglers, water skiers and other boaters have been flocking back to our lakes and rivers. In recognition of this, the Coalition Government has already fast-tracked some of this money to allow urgent works to take place.”

“The well-being of all people on our waterways is of utmost importance and this funding is a critical part of the Coalition Government’s marine safety program.” Dr. Napthine said.

The Coalition Government also included $6 million in the State Budget for dredging programs, as well as asset maintenance and renewal at local ports.

“There are 14 local ports along Victoria’s coastal crown land including Lakes Entrance, Port Fairy, Portland, Apollo Bay, Port Phillip Bay and Western Port.” Dr. Napthine said.

“These ports play a key role in their respective economies and are an integral part of the Victorian seafood industry, providing about 8,000 jobs.”

“The Coalition Government is dedicated to ensuring that both recreational and commercial boaters in Victoria have access to the best facilities so they can safely utilise our waterways and continue to drive business and tourism in the state.” Dr. Napthine said.