Yachties and power boaters on the Gippsland Lakes heading for Bunga Arm and Ocean Grange will see their way more clearly following $43,723 in State Government funding, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said today.
“Aurora Channel is a popular passage that all boat users must use to access these two extremely popular destinations on the Gippsland Lakes.
“This funding will allow Gippsland Ports to undertake upgrades that will make boating much easier for those locals and visitors who are not as familiar with navigating our waterways, especially at night,” Mr Bull said.
“It is important that we provide up-to-date facilities for not only our local boaters, but also those who are visiting the area and are unfamiliar with local conditions.”
Greg Hatt of Gippsland Ports said, “Aurora Channel in the Gippsland Lakes is a popular channel for recreational vessels accessing Bunga Arm and Ocean Grange.
“The existing navigation aids were in poor condition and the proposed upgrade will replace some old navigation aids in the approach section of the channel and provide upgraded lights for night use.
“The project aims to provide a safer environment for channel users by upgrading existing navigation aids to improve navigation at night,” said Mr Hatt.
“Mr Bull said this area is often prone to thick fog and there are many stories of boaters either leaving Paynesville or the Grange in an attempt to reach the other destination, only to find themselves back where they started, so any improvement to night time navigation will be well received.”
Minister for Ports, Dr Denis Napthine, said “we want to provide the best opportunities for Victoria’s boating enthusiasts and funding this program will enable a range of facility upgrades and safety initiatives throughout the state.”
“The program allows for local groups and communities to apply for grants which will enable initiatives to get off the ground and be realised.”
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.
For further information call 1800 337 222, or visit www.transport.vic.gov.au/grants