13/06/2011 - 14:56

Big spike in boat facilities funding

13/06/2011 - 14:56

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The state government has allocated an unprecedented $8.93 million in recreational boating facilities grants.

Big spike in boat facilities funding

The state government has allocated an unprecedented $8.93 million in recreational boating facilities grants.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said funding, traditionally sourced from recreational boat registrations, had quadrupled this year after the allocation of $20 million from the Royalties for Regions program over the next four years.

"Following calls for submissions and the review process, 53 projects received $5.37million in funding to be allocated over the next two years. The number of grants is more than double the 22 projects funded last year," Mr Buswell said.

"Additionally, through the RBFS process, State Cabinet endorsed priority allocations totalling $3.56million in the current financial year to ensure early benefits for the boating community.

This funding was for onshore facilities at the Albany Waterfront development, Coral Bay and Carnarvon, and boat ramps and trailer parking at Jurien Bay."

Mr Grylls said an additional $5million of Royalties for Regions funds would be made available each year over the four RBFS funding rounds to help meet increased demand for boating facilities in regional WA.

"The South-West received the largest allocation of the regional areas with more than $2.1million in grants, including $600,000 to upgrade and expand the boat ramps and extend parking at Newtown Beach in Busselton," Mr Grylls said.

"Boating is an incredibly popular activity in this State and the (grants) assist by helping authorities provide infrastructure to meet the growing demand."

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