East Gippsland residents have the opportunity to share in $4.2 million worth of funding with the first round of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program now open.
“We have some beautiful waterways in this region and this program is a fantastic way to ensure that we can continue to enjoy the natural beauty of our lakes and rivers knowing that we have safe and reliable facilities.
“Boating is an important part of our community. It generates a significant amount of tourism for the region and provides a fantastic way for maintain active lifestyles and spend time outdoors with family and friends,” Mr Bull said.
Victorian Minister for Ports Denis Napthine said the Boating Safety and Facilities Program was an important part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to provide safe and accessible waterways for Victorian boaters.
“Each year for four years, the Coalition Government will open a new round of funding for this important program. This will give community groups, waterway managers and local councils vital and steady access to money that will enable them to maintain safe facilities for boaters,” Dr Napthine said.
“The Coalition Government recognises that local users have the best local knowledge and understanding of how their facilities could be made safer and I would encourage groups to talk to their local council or waterway manager and make an application to the program.”
Types of projects the Boating Safety and Facilities Program could fund include;
: boating facilities such as jetties and boatramps;
: navigation aids and signage;
: new search and rescue vessels;
: equipment and training for recognised search and rescue groups;
: boating safety and education programs; and
: marine communications.