$385,000 Boating Now funding used for carparks

Member for Bega Andrew Constance today announced two projects within the Eurobodalla Shire have been approved to share $17 million in funding under Round Two of the NSW Government’s Boating Now program.

Mr Constance said that the Eurobodalla Shire would see $385,000 towards projects that will deliver improved car and trailer parking facilities at key access points across the region.

“We have some of the finest waterways across our region and I want those heading out on the water on boats or other watercraft to enjoy the sun, catch a few fish or to spend time with family and friends to have access to better facilities,” Mr Constance said.

“The NSW Government is delivering these projects in partnership with local councils to make water activities safer, easily accessible and more enjoyable.

Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor, Liz Innes welcomed the funding.

“Better boat ramps and the facilities around them help make Eurobodalla a wonderful place to live in and to visit.

“With Andrew’s help we’ve already built some fantastic boating facilities up and down the shire, and if I have my way, there’ll be more to come.

Nelligen and South Durras have been in the pipeline for a while and now we’ve been successful with those two, I’d love to hear from our local boaters and fishers with their suggestions for new or upgraded facilities,” Clr Innes said.

Above: Nelligen carparking

“Boating Now is a $70 million five year program, on top of a $26 million contribution by local councils and other delivery partners, to deliver vital boating infrastructure across the state.”

The successful projects across the Eurobodalla include:

  • $160,000 to improve car and trailer parking at the Nelligen Boat Ramp, allowing improved capacity and better functionality.

  • $225,000 to construct a new car and trailer parking area at the South Durras Boat Ramp to improve capacity and usability and to provide a new accessible toilet facility.

Clr Innes said Council is in the process of acquiring the land for the Nelligen boat ramp and anticipates construction to start in the second half of the year, while plans are already prepared for South Durras car park and toilet, with work due to start around the middle of the year. By comparison the successful projects across the Bega Valley include: $485,000 to be used at the Bermagui River Boat Ramp to replace the current single lane with a reinforced double lane ramp, install a pontoon and formalize the current car parking facilities. $390,000 has been allocated to the Blackfellows Lake Boat Ramp to upgrade the current informal ramp to a concrete ramp, a pontoon, lighting and formalized car parking and access road. $198,500 for Top Lake Boat Hire to install a new pontoon, gangway, piles and crane to enable wheelchair access to the Lake. $155,000 for upgrades to the pontoon at Quarantine Bay Boat Ramp to improve capacity and usability, reducing congestion faced by users of the current facilities.

Mr Constance said he would encourage anyone across our region to liaise with Council about further projects that could benefit users across the Eurobodalla to be included in Round 3 applications.

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