Funding boost to support local jobs at Tuncurry boat maintenance facility

8 February, 2021

The Tuncurry boat maintenance facility upgrade will be delivered in full thanks to a $2 million allocation from the NSW Government's maritime stimulus funding.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said planning for the project to expand the existing slipway at Tuncurry is now underway and the additional funding will ensure the work is completed and accessible for the boating community faster.

"With boating activity at an all-time high, this investment in maritime infrastructure and safety upgrades could not be better timed," Mr Bromhead said.

"Once completed, this maintenance facility will benefit small commercial operators based out of the Forster-Tuncurry area, providing an economic boost to the local economy.

"Local jobs will be supported wherever possible as part of this project.

"The first step will be to devise the best approach to clean up the site as boat building and maintenance has taken place at the existing slipway for decades.

"Transport for NSW is in the process of engaging a specialist environmental consultant to advise on the best method of remediation. Once this has been determined and the clean-up of the site has been carried out, work to upgrade the site can commence."

The maritime stimulus funding is in addition to $1 million grant already allocated to the project under Transport for NSW's Boating Now program.

The $2 million allocated from the NSW Government’s stimulus program is part of a $205 million investment in maritime infrastructure and safety upgrade projects which will create nearly 1300 jobs across the state.

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