NSW Boating Now

A recreational boating infrastructure delivery program

NSW Boating Now is a new five year recreational boating infrastructure delivery program that has been introduced to replace the previously successful Better Boating Program.

$37.5 million from NSW Boating Now has been allocated to support the delivery of 192 Priority Regional Projects identified in 11 Regional Boating Plans.

The NSW Boating Statement provides further information about the key elements of NSW Boating Now as well as a list of the Priority Regional Projects.

This information is supported by a NSW Boating Now Project Map, showing the location of each Priority Regional Project in NSW.

Launch the NSW Boating Now - Priority regional projects map

Since the beginning of boating infrastructure grant funding in 1998, the State Government has provided over $45 million for over 760 boating infrastructure improvements across New South Wales.

In 2014, the Transport for NSW, together with Roads and Maritime Services, undertook comprehensive consultation with Councils, the boating community and other relevant stakeholders on boating safety and infrastructure priorities across the State. This consultation informed the development of 11 Regional Boating Plans which identify the priority boating safety, storage and access priorities in each region.

These Plans also include 192 Priority Regional Projects that are now being funded under the first stage of the NSW Boating Now Program.

More information on project locations and descriptions can be found on the NSW Boating Now Project Map.

While funding under the first three years of the program has already been allocated, $10 million has been set aside to fund other regional boating projects in the last two years of the program in 2018 and 2019. In addition, any savings achieved through the first three years of the program will be rolled over into this second round of funding.

It is anticipated that in 2017, Transport for NSW will write to Councils, relevant NSW government agencies and other key stakeholders on this next stage of funding for years 2018 and 2019 under the NSW Boating Now program.

For any enquiries about NSW Boating Now please contact Maritime’s Boating Infrastructure Team.

Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program

Up to $5 million in funding is available through the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program for facilities that will help tackle the growing issue of long-term boat trailer parking in residential streets. More information on this program, applying for a grant, including application forms and assessment criteria, can be found at the Transport for NSW Boating Now page.

Boating Infrastructure Emergency Repair Pool Scheme

The Boating Infrastructure Emergency Repair Pool (BIERP) provides a new funding mechanism for repair or replacement of recreational boating infrastructure that is lost or damaged in natural events such as storms and floods, and extends assistance to events such as acts of vandalism, theft or accidental damage.

Repair or replacement of publicly owned recreational boating facilities may be eligible for funding under the BIERP. These facilities include recreational jetties and wharves, boat ramps, pontoons, sewage pump-out facilities, slipways, storage facilities, parking areas and some supporting amenities, provided that the asset owner has appropriately insured and maintained the asset.

Up to $5 million has been allocated to the BIERP over five years (July 2015 until July 2019). Recipients may be eligible for funding of up to 100 per cent of the repair or replacement costs, up to a total of $500,000 per asset, provided the asset owner can demonstrate that the asset has been appropriately insured and maintained prior to the loss or damage occurring.

Further information about the BIERP is provided in the BIERP Grant Guidelines. If you wish to apply for funding assistance complete the BIERP Grant Application Form and return to Roads and Maritime (contact details on the Application Form).

For any enquiries about the Boating Infrastructure Emergency Repair Pool please contact Maritime’s Boating Infrastructure team.

Better Boating Program

2013-14 was the final year of the five year program of grants under the Better Boating Program.

Port Kembla Boat Ramp Upgrade

As part of the NSW Boating Now program, Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime have committed $500,000 towards improving the boating experience at the Port Kembla Boat Ramp. This funding will deliver a significant upgrade to the car and trailer parking as well as a proposed new pontoon to improve the safety and accessibility at the site. The works will be delivered in two stages, Stage 1 being the access roads, boat ramp manoeuvring area and car park upgrade and Stage 2 being the proposed new pontoon. Also included in the Stage 1 works is identified maintenance works to the access roads. Stage 1 is currently scheduled for the start of construction in October 2016 and Stage 2 is currently scheduled for the start of construction in August 2017.

View drawings of the proposed works:

For enquiries about the proposed works please contact Maritime’s Boating Infrastructure Team.

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