NSW Maritime Infrastructure Plan
In December 2018 the NSW Government released the NSW Maritime Infrastructure Plan, developed as a joint initiative between Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services and the NSW Department of Industry – Crown Lands and Water.
The Plan sets out a more strategic, coordinated and evidence-based approach to planning, prioritising and delivering NSW Government investments in maritime infrastructure.
By identifying 14 strategically-significant locations, and defining the key opportunities and outcomes at each location, the Plan focuses on supporting and enhancing safe and sustainable boating for the public and industry in the areas that will deliver the greatest benefits, while continuing to support local projects to meet the needs of boaters across the state.
The 14 strategically-significant locations identified in the Plan are:
- On the north coast: the Tweed, Clarence and Richmond Rivers plus Coffs Harbour
- North of Sydney: Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie and Pittwater;
- South of Sydney: Botany Bay/Port Hacking and Wollongong Harbour; and
- On the south coast: Jervis Bay/the Shoalhaven, Batemans Bay and Eden.
The Plan adopts a new approach to delivering maritime infrastructure through greater coordination, collaboration and reducing red tape, and provides councils and the private sector with greater certainty in how the government will prioritise investment in maritime infrastructure, enabling them to invest in their own infrastructure with confidence.
The Plan responds directly to issues raised by industry and the community over several years of consultation, including through the Regional Boating Plans, Draft Regional Ports Strategy and specific consultation with industry in 2017 and 2018.
The Plan also supports Future Transport 2056 priorities on safety, accessibility and successful places – by enabling safe access to waterways, a growing economy and public amenity. This includes the Maritime Safety Plan 2017‑21 and the important role of infrastructure as part of a Safe Systems approach to boating safety.
Implementation of the Plan will be led by the Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office.
The NSW Maritime Infrastructure Plan (“the Plan”) sets out a strategic and coordinated approach to prioritising and delivering maritime infrastructure in NSW. This approach is built on coordination of funding and investment from the state and local governments and the private sector.