Boating Now: New funding safe accessible waterways

Saturday 2 August 2014

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today announced a boost in funding to improve boating facilities across the state.

Mr Gay said NSW Boating Now - a new boating infrastructure program – will almost triple funds to the regions per year to help keep the waterways safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy.

“Under the previous Better Boating Program, $5 million per year was made available for boating facilities. Under our new Scheme, we are providing $14 million per year for a period of five years,” Mr Gay said.

“NSW Boating Now program would be delivered through partnerships with other organisations including Local Councils.

“The new funds will be allocated according to 11 new Regional Boating Plans being developed in consultation with Councils, boating stakeholders and waterway users in each region.

“I encourage members of the maritime industry, everyday recreational boaters and anyone else with an interest in the state’s waterways to provide their feedback during this process.

“We need to hear the views of the people who use these waterways the most, to help ensure that the projects delivered through NSW Boating Now provide the most benefit to the boating experience in NSW,” Mr Gay said.

Mr Gay made the announcement at the Sydney International Boat Show where he encouraged boating enthusiasts to visit the Boating Safety Zone and Lifejacket Lounge.

“The Liberals & Nationals Government has been rolling out innovative strategies to get boating safety messages across, from our roving lifejacket van through to the hilarious Shane Jacobson social media campaign,” Mr Gay said.

“Now with the green screen technology at the Boating Safety Zone and Lifejacket Lounge we’re adding a whole new interactive experience to our lifejacket campaign.

“Visitors can have their photo taken with different backdrops and shots that make it look like they’re out on the water in different types of craft, such as kayaks, fishing boats or jetskis.

“Whatever type of craft they choose, they’ll need to put on a lifejacket for their photos, like any sensible boater.

“There will be a range of the latest comfortable, lightweight lifejackets available for customers to use in their photos, so everyone will have a chance to find out how lightweight and easy-to-wear new styles of lifejackets are.

“It’s a bit of fun which we hope will get people thinking about the importance of lifejackets to being safe on the water.

“The green screen experience will be tied to social media, with people receiving a link to their photograph so they can upload it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

“Whoever uploads the most viewed image will win an Explore Sailing America’s Cup Racing Experience on Sydney Harbour for six people, valued at more than $1000.

“Boating Safety Officers will be providing hourly interactive demonstrations on how to inspect, maintain and activate inflatable lifejackets and will operate the stand along with Boating Education Officers and Product Service Officers who will provide safe boating information.

“People will also be able to pick up the latest NSW Tide Tables and boating navigation stickers,” Mr Gay said.

Media: Emma Higginson 0467 743 192 Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976

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