Boat Trailer Storage Grants making space on our streets
Transport for NSW today invited applications for grants that will help launch new boat trailer storage ideas and free up parking spaces in high-demand areas.
Up to $5 million in funding will be available through the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program for facilities that will help tackle the growing issue of long-term boat trailer parking in residential streets.
“This program will help identify new options for boat owners to store their prized possession out of harm’s way, while also keeping the neighbours and passing motorists happy,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.
“Boat ownership is growing steadily every year, so we need to address the current demand for parking and also look ahead to the future.”
Keeping boats on trailers is the most common form of boat storage in NSW, with over 204,000 boat trailers currently registered with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). A significant number of those are parked on residential streets.
The Impounding Act 1993 was amended with effect from 1 July 2016 to allow council and other enforcement officers to ‘opt in’ to take impounding action against boat trailers parked for more than 28 days within declared areas.
Trailers may be exempt from these requirements where a Residential Parking Permit has been issued by a council and is displayed on the boat trailer.
The Canada Bay City Council, Northern Beaches Council (in the former Pittwater Council area only) and Woollahra Municipal Council have applied the new impounding powers as part of a pilot program since July 2016.
Additional councils will commence applying the powers from 1 October 2016 following appropriate consultation with their communities, whilst councils requiring additional time for consultation may commence in early 2017.
Further information about the new impounding powers and where they apply can be found on the Office of Local Government’s Boat Trailers webpage:
The Grants Program is open to all interested parties including councils, businesses, community groups and the boating industry. Priority will be given to proposals focused on areas where the Impounding Act amendments are in effect.