Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    $1.5 million of funding to boost public boating infrastructure

    27/06/2019 9:05 AM
    • ​Up to $1.5m available for new and improved recreational boating facilities across WA
    • Applications for round 24 of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme now open
    • Eligible authorities, including local governments, have until September to apply

    Recreational boating enthusiasts throughout Western Australia are being urged to discuss ideas for new and improved facilities with $1.5 million in State Government funding now available.


    Local governments, State Government agencies and statutory authorities responsible for recreational boating facilities have until September 3, 2019, to apply for a grant from round 24 of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme.


    Eligible projects include the planning, construction or upgrade of boat launching ramps, jetties, moorings, breakwaters and new channels directly related to a public recreational boating facility.


    Land based infrastructure at public boating facilities such as trailer parking areas, toilets and boating signage are also eligible.


    Boating facility managers can apply for up to 75 per cent of the cost of a project, with the maximum grant available set at $750,000.


    Previous successful projects include $700,000 to the City of Melville to upgrade the popular Point Walter boating facility, and more than $180,000 for the City of Busselton to design and build a new floating finger jetty at Port Geographe and add extra ladders to existing finger jetties at the Old Dunsborough and Abbey boat ramps.


    Visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/rbfs or call (08) 9435 7612 for more information.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Boating is a popular pastime in WA with nearly 100,000 recreational vessels registered throughout the State.


    "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.


    "The funding reflects the State Government's commitment to working with local facility managers to provide safe and adequate infrastructure for the WA boating community.


    "I'd encourage all boating enthusiasts to get in contact with their local facilities managers to discuss how they think these funds could be used and encourage them to submit an application." 


    Minister's office - 6552 5500