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 three projects in the Pilbara region would share a total of $442,245.
Mr Buswell said the Shire of Roebourne had been allocated $330,668 for a major upgrade of the boat ramp at Dampier, which will see two of the four ramps replaced to allow for more efficient launching.
“The Shire of Roebourne also received $56,250 for planning associated with the upgrade to the boat ramp at Back Beach in Karratha,” he said.
“These grants will help enhance Pilbara boating facilities which can be enjoyed by the wider boating community.”
A grant of $55,327 has been allocated to the Shire of East Pilbara to plan an upgrade of the launching facilities at Cape Keraudren to reduce damage to the coral reef.
The RBFS is managed by the Department of Transport and 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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