Recreational boating on the Gippsland Lakes 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, said today.
“I’m pleased that the local community and visitors to the Gippsland Lakes will benefit from a $73,000 investment into local boating facilities and operations,” Mr Bull said.
“As part of the investment Paynesville coast guard will receive $23,000 in funding to provide a much needed refurbishment to the hull and deck of their rescue vessel.
“The vessel has been in service for seven years and was starting to show some signs of wear and tear, so this is a fantastic outcome for the Coast Guard.
“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: • $50,000 to dredge a new channel at the western junction of the Steamer and Grange channels, improving navigation and safety of vessels operating in the region
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.
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.