Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
State Budget 2010-11: Funding Boost For Gascoyne Recreational Boating Facilities
Victor P Taffa
The Liberal-National Government will spend $6.8 Million on boating facilities for the Gascoyne in 2010-11 as part of the State Government’s $68 Million investment in Western Australia’s recreational boating facilities over the next four years.
Transport Minister Simon O’Brien and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said Carnarvon residents in particular would benefit from the infrastructure investment, which was delivered through the Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
Projects to be delivered include:
- $3 Million to construct a new boat ramp in Carnarvon;
- $2.3 Million for 46 new floating pens in Exmouth;
- $1.5 Million for a boat ramp at Tantibiddi, near Exmouth.
Mr. O’Brien said the recreational boating community in the Gascoyne was growing as was the demand for this infrastructure.
“The Carnarvon boat ramp will provide two launching lanes, two boat holding jetties and about 80 trailer parking bays.” Mr. O’Brien said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said WA was home to some remarkable coastline and the new Gascoyne facilities would give boat users greater access to the attractive environment.
“Design work for the ramp is well advanced and a tender could be called within the next six months.” Mr Grylls said.
“At Tantibiddi, the $1.5 Million grant funding from the Royalties for Regions program will enable the Exmouth Shire to modify the existing ramp and to gain better access to deeper water.”
“Providing adequate and safe facilities for the WA coastline is a challenge but this Government is determined to meet the growing demand for new boating facilities and the continued improvement of existing infrastructure in the Gascoyne.” Mr. Grylls said.