$2.78 MILLION BOOST FOR BOATING FROM TWEED TO BALLINA AND CLARENCE VALLEY

Minister for Roads and Freight and the North Coast Duncan Gay and Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced the NSW Government would invest $2.78 million on 25 key boating projects to boost safety and accessibility for boaters in Ballina, Tweed, Clarence and Lismore.

The work is part of the NSW Government’s $37.5 million Boating Now program, which funds almost 200 priority projects across the state.

Minister Gay said the NSW Government would provide about $170,000 in Murwillumbah to deliver accessible, modern and safe boating infrastructure where it is needed most.

In the Murwillumbah area, this includes an allocation of around $40,000 for the installation of a canoe launch facility on the Tweed River at Byangum, approximately $50,000 to relocate and upgrade the pontoon at Budd park, and around $80,000 to improve the carpark and river bank stability at the Murwillumbah boat ramp on Commercial Road.

Other projects in the Tweed, Ballina and Clarence Valley region include upgrades to boating infrastructure such as boat ramps and adjacent boat trailer parking facilities, as well as jetties and pontoons.

“The priority projects for Murwillumbah will improve access for a range of boaters including those using canoes and other forms of paddlecraft,” Minister Gay said.

Mr George said this was about giving boaties in Murwillumbah what they need to improve the boating experience in the area.

“As the popularity of boating in Murwillumbah increases each year we need to act now to ensure the prosperity of boating in this region,” Mr George said.

“We have worked extremely hard to get this right. Throughout the process, we’ve worked closely with everyday boaters, Councils, local sporting organisations and other key community groups so we could identify what the key issues are in each region.

“Thanks to the feedback received from our stakeholders, I’m confident that we now have some great plans to work with that are tailored to meet the needs of boaters in Murwillumbah.”

The NSW Government will now work with each Council and other delivery partners to finalise the scope of each project, including funding contributions and timeframes.

All projects in Murwillumbah will be delivered by the end of 2017.

A further $10 million has been allocated for a second round of priority projects across the State, which will be considered from 2017 onwards.

Projects funded under Boating Now in Murwillumbah:

View the Tweed-Clarence Valley regional plan and the other ten regional plans at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/mmc

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577