Victoria Minister for Ports Denis Napthine
Coalition Announces Boating Safety Boost For Victoria
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition Government has announced funding for 57 new projects that enhance safety on the State’s coastal and inland waterways.
Minister for Ports Denis Napthine said the successful recipients of the Boating Safety and Facilities Program included volunteer search and rescue organisations, local governments, waterway managers and boating groups who would each receive a share of $20 Million of funding, being provided across four years.
“Through this year’s program, the Coalition Government is allocating up to $4 Million towards local, grants-based projects that will provide safer access to our coasts, rivers and lakes.” Dr. Napthine said.
“It is fantastic to see that in recent years recreational boating has experienced a surge in popularity. This is great news for many local communities who stand to benefit from increased tourism and economic activity associated with boating and fishing.”
“The Coalition Government is keen to assist these communities by ensuring that boaters have safe access to waterways and that if help is needed, we have well trained and well equipped marine rescue organisations that is able to assist.”
“This is part of our overall strategy to improve boating safety in Victoria. Since coming to office the Coalition Government has provided funding for additional Transport Safety Victoria officers to patrol waterways, updated marine safety regulations, strengthened hoon boating laws and introduced new laws regarding the use of drugs and alcohol when operating a vessel.” Dr. Napthine said.
Some key projects funded through the 2012-13 round includes:
- Upgrades of navigation aids from Elwood to Mount Martha on Port Phillip Bay, and at Corner Inlet and Port Albert at Toora Channel;
- A new search and rescue vessel for VMR Mornington, and a new open ocean vessel for the Australian Volunteer Coastguard at Marlo;
- Upgrades to car and boat parking facilities at Tooradin and Altona;
- A range of water safety education programs and powerboat training for scout groups and yacht clubs across the state.
“I congratulate all the groups that have received funding in this round, and look forward to seeing the progress on the 57 projects that have been successful in this year’s program.” Dr. Napthine said.