NSW Boating Now

A recreational boating infrastructure delivery program.

About Boating Now

The NSW Boating Now Program provides grant funding to improve maritime infrastructure and facilities across NSW. This investment supports the needs of recreational and commercial boaters and enables broader economic and social benefits for communities.

The Program is funded from boating licence, registration and other fees collected by Transport for NSW (TfNSW). Since its inception in 2014, the Program has already delivered over 200 boating projects to the benefit of boaters across the State.

Boating Now Round 3

Our customers and stakeholders in industry and local government have consistently provided feedback about the need for us to continue investing in infrastructure to support boating and improve the planning and delivery of maritime infrastructure between state agencies, local councils and industry.

The NSW Government’s Maritime Infrastructure Plan (MIP), released in December 2018, sets out a more strategic, coordinated approach to maritime infrastructure in NSW and makes a commitment to continue to provide support for maritime infrastructure owned by councils and other delivery partners, through the Boating Now Program.

In October 2019, the NSW Government announced it is investing a further $28 million of funding to the Boating Now Program for the two year period from July 2020 to June 2022.

Registrations of interest are invited from local government, government agencies and authorities, community groups, the private sector and other boating stakeholders. Registrations of interest are submitted via the online Boating Now Registration of Interest form .

Information about the grants program and eligibility criteria can be found within the NSW Boating Now Round 3 – Guidelines. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found within the NSW Boating Now Round 3 - Frequently Asked Questions.

Information sessions

Information sessions for Round 3 of Boating Now were held for councils for the following locations and dates:

  • Moruya - 30 October 2019
  • Newcastle - 1 November 2019
  • Port Macquarie - 11 November 2019
  • Maclean - 12 November 2019
  • Tweed Heads - 12 November 2019
  • Sydney - 13 November 2019
  • Wollongong – 21 November 2019

Attendance at information sessions was not compulsory.

The information delivered at these briefing sessions is now available on the Boating Now website under FAQs .

Destination Boat Ramps

The Maritime Infrastructure Plan (MIP) also recognises the important role that major boat ramp facilities play in enabling waterway access and supporting tourism in popular NSW waterways. Funding will be made available through Boating Now to help develop a network of major boat ramps in key locations along the coast that provide a high level of service and amenity to multiple users in line with the NSW Boat Ramp Facility Guidelines.

Based on the strategic direction in the MIP, TfNSW has identified the following list of key locations where councils are invited to nominate a single facility for consideration as a Destination Boat Ramp.

  • Tweed River
  • Lower Richmond River
  • Clarence River
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Port Macquarie
  • Forster/Tuncurry
  • Port Stephens
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Central Coast
  • Hawkesbury/Nepean Rivers
  • Lower Hawkesbury (Pittwater)
  • Botany Bay/Georges River/Port Hacking
  • Wollongong/Port Kembla
  • Lower Shoalhaven River and Jervis Bay
  • Batemans Bay and Clyde River
  • Eden

Nominations for other localities will also be considered if the relevant council can demonstrate the strategic significance of the facility.

A boat ramp facility may be nominated as a Destination Boat Ramp if it meets the following criteria:

  • Minimum of two concrete boat ramp lanes
  • Sealed and lined parking for at least 50 car-trailer parking spaces per boat ramp lane
  • Minimum of one pontoon or jetty with capacity for at least two berthed design vessels per boat ramp lane. In the case of an on-ramp pontoon or fixed jetty, the length of the pontoon or jetty should also be at least three times the length of the design vessel
  • Minimum of one sealed rigging bay and one sealed de-rigging bay per boat ramp lane
  • Accessible for users with facilities to be available for unassisted access at least 80% of the time
  • Amenities block with equitable access to service the boat ramp facility
  • Lighting to provide safe usage and access of all boat ramp, pontoon, jetty, amenities block and parking areas associated with the facility
  • Covered fish cleaning facilities.

Councils with facilities that are determined by TfNSW to meet the Destination Boat Ramp criteria will be eligible to apply for funding of up to $20,000 per annum up to financially assist in maintaining these facilities to a high standard. Maintenance funding will be made available up to the end of Financial Year 2023/24, at which point a review of the scheme will be undertaken.

Applications to participate in the Destination Boat Ramp initiative will be considered at any time. Some facilities may already meet the eligibility criteria. For other facilities which have the potential to be considered as Destination Boat Ramps, councils are encouraged to apply for a grant under Round 3 of Boating Now to deliver the works required to meet the Destination Boat Ramp criteria.

Refer to the NSW Boating Now Round 3 Guidelines.

To nominate a Destination Boat Ramp, complete the Destination Boat Ramp Nomination form.

If there are any enquiries about the guidelines and application form, please contact the Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office via mido@rms.nsw.gov.au.

Boating Infrastructure Emergency Repair Pool (BIERP)

Funding will continue to be provided to assist with emergency repairs of boating infrastructure similar to the previous Boating Infrastructure Emergency Repair Pool (BIERP). Funding requests for emergency repairs can be received at any time without the need to submit a Boating Now Registration of interest form.

More information about the BIERP is available through the BIERP Grant Guidelines.

To apply for BIERP grants, refer to the BIERP Grant Application Form.

If there are any enquiries about the guidelines and application form, please contact the Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office via mido@rms.nsw.gov.au.

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Previous Boating Now rounds - 1 and 2

Round 1

In 2014, Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services conducted extensive consultation with the boating community, local government and other boating stakeholders on boating safety, access and infrastructure priorities across the state. This consultation informed the development of 11 Regional Boating Plans which were released in early 2015.

The Regional Boating Plans identified 192 boating infrastructure projects that are currently being funded under Round 1 of the Program. In total $37.5 million was allocated to the delivery of these projects.

The NSW Boating Statement provides further information about the key elements of the NSW Boating Now program as well as a full list of the 192 Regional Priority Projects.

Round 2

Funding of $10 million was initially allocated to Round 2 of the NSW Boating Now Program to support the delivery of recreational boating infrastructure projects in the final two years of the program (2018 - 2019).

As a result of savings from Round 1of the Program, the available funding provided for Round 2 was increased to $17 million, towards additional regional priority and boat trailer storage projects.

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