Safer access for Coffs kayakers

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Woolgoolga Lake kayakers now have a safer access point.
Woolgoolga Lake kayakers now have a safer access point.

New paddlecraft launch ramp opened at Woolgoolga Lake.

A new launch ramp for paddlecraft users has been opened at Woolgoolga Lake north of Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast.

The $21,000 project was jointly-funded by NSW Roads and Maritime Services and Coffs Harbour City Council. Roads and Maritime Services provided $13,900 towards the project under the NSW Government’s Boating Now program.

“Kayakers and paddlers will now be able to enjoy easier and safer access to water from the new launch ramp,” said Andrew Mogg, Roads and Maritime Services’ director of infrastructure delivery.

“This is one of more than 265 projects are being delivered across NSW through the five year $70 million Boating Now program supported by an investment of $27 million from Council and industry partners.

“Since its inception, 176 projects have been completed under the program. These projects provide fisherman and boaties with better and safer access to our waterways with upgrades and new infrastructure such as boat ramps, jetties, pontoons, car parks and sewage pump-out facilities.”

Coffs Harbour mayor, Denise Knight, said users of paddlecraft and small non-powered vessels will benefit the most from the launch ramp.

“It will be great to see that people who like to get out onto the lake will now have easy and safe access from the new ramp,” she said.

“This project demonstrates how the NSW Government and local council can work together to provide boating infrastructure the community can enjoy.”

Since 2010, more than $508,000 in recreational boating infrastructure funding has been provided to the Coffs Harbour region, including the Arrawarra boat ramp and car park upgrade and Boambee Creek boat ramp upgrade.

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