Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Funding ramped up for boating facilities

    16/05/2018 1:45 PM
    • Nine grants worth $1.5 million awarded in latest round of Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme funding
    • The grants go towards the development of new boating facilities and improvements to existing infrastructure
    • Five regional and three metropolitan local governments receive funding 

    Boat owners throughout Western Australia can look forward to improvements to recreational boating facilities following the allocation of $1.5 million in State Government grants.


    Nine projects have been successful in securing funding in the latest round of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS).


    Once again RBFS funding was keenly sought this year, with a total of 18 eligible applications seeking total grant funding of about $4.32 million.


    The successful projects will be a significant boost to recreational boat users in metropolitan and regional WA, with significant grants including:

    • A $700,000 grant for the City of Melville to upgrade the popular Point Walter boating facility by replacing the existing ramp with two new ramp lanes and incorporating a new central finger jetty;
    • More than $180,000 for the City of Busselton to design and build a new floating finger jetty at Port Geographe, and adding extra ladders to existing finger jetties at the Old Dunsborough and Abbey boat ramps; and
    • $170,000 towards a new 45-metre public floating jetty at Port Coogee Marina for short stay recreational boat mooring. 

    Boating facility managers can apply to the Department of Transport for grants of up to 75 per cent of the estimated project cost, with the maximum amount limited to $750,000.


    Applications can be made for the planning, construction or upgrade of boat launching ramps, jetties, moorings and new channels that are directly related to a public boating facility. 


    Eligible land-based infrastructure at public boating facilities include trailer parking, toilets, fish cleaning stations, lighting and signage.  


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Upgrading recreational boating facilities adds to the amenity of communities close to WA's beautiful waterways, and in some cases assist with local tourism and employment.


    "Boating and fishing is a way of life for many Western Australians and these grants are an acknowledgment of that local culture.


    "I look forward to seeing the progress each local government makes on their projects following these grants."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500


    ApplicantSuccessful projects in round 23Grant
    City of BusseltonSix additional ladders to Old Dunsborough and Abbey Boat Ramp finger jetties$15,285
    City of Busselton Port Geographe Boating Facility design and construction of floating jetty to provide improved, safer access to vessels$165,000
    Shire of CarnarvonCarnarvon Fascine Entrance Study to provide a long-term plan to maintain safe navigation channel for craft$38,250
    City of Cockburn  Port Coogee Marina public jetty extension to double capacity for recreational craft$170,000
    Shire of DardanupEaton foreshore boat ramp and jetties upgrade to allow two-wheel drive access to ramp, extend western finger jetty and implement floating berthing platform$157,965
    Shire of GinginLedge Point Boat Harbour coastal processes assessment (Stage 2) to confirm the possible impact of the proposed harbour$43,227
    City of MandurahMandurah Ocean Marina construction of a new 50-metre public universal access floating jetty $157,722
    City of Melville Point Walter boat launching facility upgrade to provide new double lane launch ramp and central finger jetty$700,000
    Shire of WoodanillingQueerearrup Lake shelter and toilet facilities $52,551