Grants to boost boat ramp up­grades

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

More than $200,000 will go to­wards im­prov­ing boat ramps in Kar­ratha and Ex­mouth.

The lat­est round of Recre­ational Boat­ing Fa­cil­i­ties Scheme grants will pro­vide $116,985 for the Bun­degi Boat Ramp us­age study and $52,500 for a sim­i­lar study at Tantabiddi.

The City of Kar­ratha has been awarded $45,000 which will go to­wards the re­build fea­si­bil­ity study of Johns Creek in Point Sam­son.

Mem­ber for the Min­ing and Pas­toral Re­gion Mark Lewis said the funds would as­sist the devel­op­ment of costly boat­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

“In­creased fund­ing for boat­ing in­fra­struc­ture will en­sure fa­cil­i­ties meet the needs of WA’s grow­ing boat­ing com­mu­nity,” he said.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said 20 projects, from Wyn­d­ham to Walpole, would re­ceive a share of $1.49 mil­lion un­der the scheme.

“Boat­ing is a pop­u­lar pas­time in WA, with nearly 100,000 reg­is­tered recre­ational craft through­out the State,” Mr Nalder said.

“The RBFS, which fos­ters part­ner­ships with lo­cal gov­ern­ments and au­thor­i­ties, is ex­tremely suc­cess­ful in help­ing to meet the needs of WA’s grow­ing boat­ing com­mu­nity.”

The scheme pro­vides up to 75 per cent of fund­ing for new or im­proved fa­cil­i­ties which ben­e­fit recre­ational boat­ing.

Mr Nalder said 20 of the 26 ap­pli­cants in the lat­est grants round had been suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing fund­ing.

Fif­teen of the 20 projects are in re­gional WA.

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