Recreational boating enthusiasts will benefit from more than $4million in State Government funding to improve boating facilities.
Announcing the latest round of Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) grants today, Transport Minister Troy Buswell and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said two projects in the Gascoyne would share a total of $933,068.
Mr Buswell said $900,000 had been allocated to the Shire of Carnarvon for dredging work to improve access for vessels navigating between the fascine and the coast and allow access to the fascine which is a safe haven during cyclones.
A further $33,068 has been granted to the shire to study management options for the Babbage Island Spit and reduce its impact on the adjacent navigation channels.
“Increased funding for local boating infrastructure and studies will ensure these projects meet the needs of the Gascoyne’s boating community,” Mr Buswell said.
A total of 26 projects throughout Western Australia received funding in the latest round.
The RBFS provides up to 75 per cent of funding for new or improved facilities which benefit the recreational boating public.
Mr Grylls said Royalties for Regions had committed $20million to improving regional boating facilities through the scheme.
"Boating is a big part of the lifestyle and tourism potential for regional areas, so it’s important to ensure these facilities are safe, accessible and user-friendly,” he said.
Since its introduction in 1998, RBFS has allocated more than $30million to 346 projects
Boat owners make a direct contribution to the RBFS as it is partly funded from boat registration fees
Royalties for Regions has provided a $20million boost for regional boating facilities projects
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