$3.08 million investment for priority boating projects in the Lake Macquarie-Tuggerah Lakes Region
Maritime Management Centre General Manager Howard Glenn today announced the NSW Government will invest $3.08 million on 13 key boating projects to boost safety and accessibility for boaters in Lake Macquarie and Tuggerah Lakes.
The work forms part of an overall $37.5 million funding commitment on almost 200 priority projects statewide.
Mr Glenn said all work will be delivered as part of the NSW Boating Now program, a NSW Government initiative to deliver accessible, modern and safe boating infrastructure where it is needed most.
The projects will be delivered as part of the Lake Macquarie – Tuggerah Lakes Regional Boating Plan, which is one of 11 Regional Boating Plans released across the State.
Key projects for the Lake Macquarie – Tuggerah Lakes Region include
Installing pontoons at the boat ramps at Sunshine Park, T.H. Halton Park and Chittaway Bay (Kaluah Drive),
Upgrading the boat ramp and parking at Lions Park (Toronto)
Upgrade parking at the Thomas Humphreys Reserve, the Balmoral Reserve and the Esplanade boat ramps
Installation of dinghy storage racks around Lake Macquarie.
Constructing a new ramp at the Hot Water Outlet, San Remo.
Other projects will include upgrades to boating infrastructure such as boat ramps and adjacent boat trailer parking facilities, as well as jetties and pontoons.
"This is about giving Lake Macquarie and Tuggerah Lakes boaties what they need which is better quality facilities and continual improvements in safety and accessibility," Mr Glenn said.
"Close to 2.8 million people go boating in NSW each year and this figure is likely to increase so we need to act now to ensure the prosperity of boating in this state.
"We have worked extremely hard to get this right. Throughout the process, we’ve worked closely with everyday boaters, councils, local sporting organisations and other key community groups so we could identify what the key issues are in each region.
"Thanks to the feedback received from our stakeholders, I’m confident that we now have some great plans to work with, which are tailored to meet the needs of Lake Macquarie and Tuggerah Lakes boaters," Mr Glenn said.
Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services will now work with each Council and other delivery partners to finalise the scope of each project, including funding contributions and timeframes. It is expected that all 192 projects will be delivered by the end of 2017.
A further $10 million has been allocated for a second round of priority projects, which will be considered from 2017 onwards.
The full list of projects is available in the Lake Macquarie -Tuggerah Lakes Regional Boating Plan that can be found at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/mmc along with the other 10 regional boating plans.