Have your say on SA boating plan

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Howard Glenn, BIA national CEO.
Howard Glenn, BIA national CEO.

BIA invites industry input on how to improve boating in South Australia.

The Boating Industry Association (BIA) is inviting boating industry, boaters and other stakeholders to complete a survey that will inform a South Australian Boating Strategic Plan to boost boating participation and guide investment in maritime infrastructure in the state.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is leading the project and has engaged the BIA to assist in developing the plan and engaging with stakeholders. The plan will extend across four key boating regions - Central, Western, South East and Murray regions – and will seek to identify what is needed to improve the boating experience.

BIA national CEO Howard Glenn said that local knowledge and user information is a vital aspect of the process to help guide boating investment in the state.

“We need to hear from people who have an interest in local waterways, or have new and innovative ideas about boating facilities, events, destinations and safety. We invite all stakeholders to contribute to the plans by completing our short survey or contacting the project delivery team,” he said.

The plan will guide future infrastructure investment decisions over the next five years, particularly for funds from the boating infrastructure levy, to which most boaters contribute. It will also make it easier for councils and other potential project partners to get boating facility funds for eligible projects and to reduce red-tape.

For more information about the project and to complete the online survey, visit the BIA website. The survey is open until 9 December 2016.

Feedback is also invited via email at saboating@bia.org.au or by phoning 1800 810 680 (free call).

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