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Boaters welcome the announcement of a Clyde Street pontoon

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance, has confirmed that the CBD floating pontoons that the Batemans Bay Boating Association have long been advocating for will be installed as part of the Batemans Bay Bridge Project.

The local member has also confirmed that the additional work associated with the bridge will be completed in 2023.

Harry Watson Smith of the Batemans Bay Boating Association said of the announcement "With reference to the bridge schedule the Local member said: “Work is also continuing on the new southern and northern foreshores – which will include a public artwork, a mural, a children’s playground and a new floating pontoon on the southern side. The project is expected to be complete in 2023.”

Mr Watson Smith welcomes this announcement that the cost of this development will come from the Bridge project and not from the boaters licence fees in the Boating Now Fund.

“The floating pontoons will be an asset to the Bay which all locals and visitors may enjoy. It will facilitate both sailing and other vessels docking right along side the hopefully upgraded and activated foreshore. This brings an added attraction to our waterfront which remain isolated from road access.”

"There are a few more pieces to this picture to be announced namely; The upgrade of the dilapidated concrete T-wharf to a fully featured fishing platform with lights, seats, water and fish cleaning tables and recycle bins. This will make it fisho and visitor friendly.

"Secondly the upgrade of the southern side boat ramp with pontoons and boater friendly facilities to make it more accessible to the elderly and less mobile who just want to enjoy a day on the beautiful Clyde waterway.

"Thirdly the northern Punt Road boat ramp will require extensive remodelling now the new bridge dominates the area with boat trailer friendly roads , wash down areas and suitable parking facilities for the expected surge in demand as a result of the increased visitor arrive.

"The Batemans Bay Boaters Associations welcomes the local Minister renewed interest in the marine infrastructure now that he is in charge of Maritime and the Infrastructure delivery office."

Above: an artist's image of the Ballina Marina that looks surprisingly similar to the Clyde foreshore - image supplied

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