More than $241,000 has been allocated by the State Government to improve two recreational boating facilities in the Pilbara this year.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the two grants provided:
· $225,000 to the Shire of Roebourne to replace and duplicate the boat launching ramp at Johns Creek Boat Harbour near Point Samson; and
· $15,450 to the Shire of Ashburton for an upgrade at Beadon Creek in Onslow.
“Boating is a big part of the Pilbara culture and a major attraction for visitors to the region,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“Boat ownership in the Shire of Roebourne is 146 per 1,000 people, which is more than three times the State-wide average of 42 boats per 1,000 people.
“An additional launching ramp at Johns Creek Boat Harbour will help meet growing demand from Wickham residents and visitors at the Point Samson caravan park, including many Karratha locals on their days off.
“The installation of fencing and additional lighting at Beadon Creek boat ramp will make the facilities safer for local people and visitors.”
The Minister said the funding was provided through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme, which provided new and improved boating infrastructure by reinvesting boat owners’ registration fees.
“Since 2001, the scheme has allocated more than $1million for boating facilities to local governments and other agencies in the Pilbara,” she said.
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