NSW Maritime News

Davidson Park boat ramp.Funding for Better Boating in NSW

Almost $5 million in NSW Maritime grants has recently been allocated to provide new and improved boating facilities statewide.
The $4.98 million worth of funding for 2010-2011 under the NSW Maritime Better Boating Program includes $1.70 million for the full funding of five Sydney Harbour boat ramp projects and $3.28 million which will support 56 projects across regional NSW.
The successful projects include:
    •   $539,000 for improvements to the Davidson Park boat ramp at Killarney Heights;
    •   $350,000 for an upgrade of the Blaxland Road boat ramp at Rhodes;
    •   $350,000 for improvements to the Lyne Park boat ramp at Rose Bay;
    •   $350,000 for the construction of a new carpark at the Margaret Street boat ramp at Woolwich;
    •   $230,000 for an upgrade to the boat ramp, pontoon and carpark at Bonna Point, Kurnell;
    •   $200,000 toward the major reconstruction of the public boat ramp at Norah Head.
These grants are part of a five-year, $25 million commitment by NSW Maritime to improve boating infrastructure across the State’s waterways. Revenue raised from boat registration and licence fees is used to fund the grants program.
Each year submissions for Better Boating Program grants are assessed by a selection panel that this year included NSW Maritime and independent representatives from the Boat Owners Association, the Local Government Association and the Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing.
The latest round of Better Boating Program grants marks an important milestone, as NSW Maritime has now provided more than $30 million in grants supporting more than 500 projects since 1998. Projects range from boat ramps and dinghy storage racks to jetties and vessel sewage pump out facilities. NSW Maritime funding for recreational boating projects under the Sharing Sydney Harbour Access Program is expected to be announced in early 2011.

Davidson Park boat ramp

A grant of $539,675 in additional funding to the National Parks and Wildlife Group (Department for Environment, Climate Change and Water) to further upgrade boat ramp facilities at Davidson Park in Garigal National Park, Killarney Heights, on the upper reaches of Sydney’s Middle Harbour.  
The works will include an upgrade to the existing boat ramp, an on-ramp floating pontoon for improved boat launching, and the replacement of the existing pontoon with a new disabled access gangway and pontoon.
The upgrade brings the total grant amount allocated at the site to $1,049,675 since 2008. Works on the next stage are scheduled for mid-2011.

Lyne Park boat ramp

A grant of $350,000 to support improved boating facilities at Lyne Park, Rose Bay on the south-eastern shore of Sydney Harbour.
Previous grants of almost $100,000 under the Better Boating Program fully funded a joint study with Woollahra Council and the subsequent detailed design of an improved boating facility.
This year’s grant is as an initial allocation towards the estimated construction cost of the preferred boat ramp and pontoon design, which will include widening the existing boat ramp, installation of a new pontoon, gangway and wave protection and the removal of the existing fixed concrete steps.
Further funding will be required to allow construction to proceed once designs and tenders have been finalised.

Blaxland Road boat ramp

A grant of $350,000 to the City of Canada Bay Council to upgrade existing boat ramp facilities at Blaxland Road, Rhodes on the Parramatta River in Sydney.
The new grant will contribute towards the upgrade of the car and trailer parking area adjacent to the ramp, and brings the total BBP grants awarded for the project to $737,000.

Bonna Point boat ramp

A grant of $230,000 (in additional to $100,000 previously awarded) to Sutherland Shire Council in a joint funding agreement for the upgrade to the Bonna Point boat ramp and associated facilities at Kurnell.
The project involves the replacement of the existing boat ramp, a new floating pontoon and the redevelopment of the car and trailer parking and other land based amenities.

More details on the Better Boating Program and the successful projects for 2010-2011 grants are available at http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/cv/infra_grants.html/