Recreational boaters, coastal communities and marine tourism will benefit from a new Maritime Infrastructure Plan aimed at a more coordinated approach to investing in maritime infrastructure across the state.

Mrs Pavey said we recognise commercial fishing, aquaculture and marine tourism create jobs, while our harbours and foreshores are the heart and soul of many coastal communities and provide opportunities for local businesses.

“The plan builds on the $183 million the Liberals and Nationals has been investing since 2011 in maritime and boating infrastructure projects, and will guide future investment– for example boat ramps, pontoons and wharves, breakwaters, channel dredging and essential amenities boaters depend on,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This will provide certainty to industry enabling further significant investment in maritime infrastructure that supports local recreational boating, tourism and other commercial opportunities.”

KEY POINTS: 

  • Local projects will continue to be supported to meet the needs of boaters all across the State and underpin NSW Government programs to deliver safe, accessible waterways
  • This includes around 250 projects being supported by more than $50 million in Boating Now grants as well as almost $27 million investment from councils, community groups and the private sector
  • A further $95 million is being invested in the 25 regional coastal harbours and 21 river entrances and $18 million to help fund local and priority regional dredging projects.

Alan Blake, President of the Boating Industry Association said almost one in five households owns a boat in NSW and each year more than two million people head out on the water on all sorts of watercraft to enjoy the state’s many magnificent waterways.

“So it is important our combined investments are directed where they will have the biggest benefits to recreational and commercial boaters, and support wider benefits to local communities and to the NSW economy,” Mr Blake said.

The Maritime Infrastructure Plan is available to view at: https://maritimemanagement.transport.nsw.gov.au/maritime-infrastructure-plan.html

The 14 key areas for investment 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

On the south coast: Jervis Bay/the Shoalhaven, Batemans Bay and Eden.