Recreational boating in East Gippsland will receive a further boost through the 2013-14 round of the Victorian Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, announced today.
“I’m pleased that the local community and visitors to popular Lake Tyers will benefit from a $168,000 investment to completely renew the Fisherman’s Landing jetty,” Mr Bull said.
“A new floating jetty will replace the existing timber structure, providing safer access to the waterway for visitors and local residents alike.
“Funding programs like the Boating Safety and Facilities Program enable local groups and communities to get vital facility upgrades and safety initiatives off the ground,” he said.
Additional grants as part of the 2013-14 Boating Safety and Facilities Program include: • $16,000 to replace two existing navigation aids on Bullock Island, improving navigation and safety for users of the popular waterway. • $1,400 for 10 members of the Metung Yacht Club to undertake the national powerboat handling course
Minister for Ports, David Hodgett, said the latest round of funding from the Boating Safety Facilities Program adds to the significant investment made over the last few years to improve recreational boating infrastructure in Victoria.
“In total over the last few years, the State Government has spent over $30 million on improving Victoria’s boating infrastructure, from critical repair works to large-scale improvement projects,” Mr Hodgett said.
The BSFP is funded through a portion of recreational boat operator licensing fees and vessel registration fees, providing money for grants and state wide initiatives. The aim of the program is to make recreational boating safer and more accessible for all Victorians.
Types of projects the BSFP could fund include; • boating facilities such as jetties and boat ramps • navigation aids and signage • new search and rescue vessels • equipment and training for recognised search and rescue groups • boating safety and education programs • marine communications.