NSW boating infrastructure money up for grabs

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Second round of Boating Now program funding to target boat trailer storage.

The NSW state government has called for applications for funding as part of the second round of the Boating Now program with a particular focus on funding for boat trailer storage projects.

The $70 million Boating Now program stems from the 11 Regional Boating Plans released in early 2015 which identified 192 boating infrastructure projects around NSW. These projects received a total of $37.5 million under round 1 of the funding. Many have already been completed or are due for completion by the end of this year.

Originally a further $10 million was allocated for delivery of projects in the final two years of the project from 2018-19, but due to savings made in round 1 this has now been increased to $17 million.

According to the Roads and Maritime Services website, the round 2 funding will be used for regional priority projects as well as those which address the need for boat trailer storage.

Potential boat trailer storage projects will be assessed using the same criteria as for the Boat Trailer Storage Grants program last year. While a number of boat trailer storage initiatives have already been identified as part of the grants program, RMS says it encourages further applications for funding to support additional boat trailer storage initiatives. Consideration will be given to projects that improve boat trailer storage in areas where the parking of trailers on residential streets has been identified as an issue.

In terms of regional projects, RMS says those projects which did not receive funding in the first round but which still have “a strong benefit to the boating experience” will be favourably considered. New projects will also be considered.

The funding is available to councils, community groups and other boating stakeholders to help deliver improved recreational boating infrastructure. Projects in the past have included new and upgraded boat ramps, boat trailer parking facilities, pontoons, jetties and sewage pump-outs.

Applications for funding are open until 20 August 2017. Further details are available on the website.

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