Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    $1.5 million in grants available to improve boating infrastructure

    10/07/2020 1:00 PM
    • ​Up to $1.5 million available for new and improved recreational boating facilities across WA
    • Applications now open for round 25 of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RFBS) until September 1, 2020
    • Since 1998 almost $45 million has been awarded to public boating infrastructure projects

    Applications for round 25 of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme are now open until September 1, 2020.


    Up to $1.5 million is available for public boating infrastructure projects across the State.


    Local Government authorities, State Government agencies and statutory authorities can apply for funds for the planning, construction or upgrade of boat launching ramps, jetties, moorings, breakwaters and new channels. Land based infrastructure at public boating facilities, such as trailer parking areas, toilets and boating signage are also eligible. 


    Up to 75 per cent of the cost of a project is available, with the maximum grant set at $750,000.


    Recently funded projects include $700,000 to the City of Karratha to construct a new jetty at John's Creek and more than $500,000 to the City of Rockingham to install boat ramp lanes at the Point Peron boat launching facility.


    For more information and to apply head to http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/rbfs


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Since its commencement in 1998 the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme has approved funding to 444 projects over 24 grant rounds worth approximately $44.9 million.


    "With around 100,000 recreational vessels registered throughout the State, boating continues to be a much enjoyed past time in Western Australia and we need to ensure adequate, safe and well located facilities.


    "The RBFS is partly funded from boat registration fees so it's appropriate boat owners are part of the conversation about future facilities and upgrades that are needed.


    "The State Government is committed to working with local facility managers to provide safe and adequate infrastructure for the WA boating community."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500