WA boating facilities get $1.5 million overhaul

The latest round of funding from the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) was allocated recently, with boating facilities around the state set to benefit. The scheme is managed by the Department of Transport, and applications for funding were highly competitive.


Transport Minister Rita Saffioto shared her views on the scheme.


“As we enjoy summer and more people choose to Wander out Yonder, it’s important the growing boating community has access to top quality facilities,” she said.
“The McGowan Government continues to invest in major coastal infrastructure upgrades across our State, recognising our vast coastline and rivers are pillars of WA life.”


So, which projects received the green light in Western Australia?


Here’s what you need to know.


Funding set to improve boating facilities in WA

The largest funding recipient in the latest round of the scheme was the Shire of Jerramungup in Southern WA. The shire was awarded $644,302 to replace the boat ramp and finger jetty at the Fishery Beach boating facility, located in Bremer Bay.


The City of Rockingham was awarded $400,000, which will go towards upgrading the trailer parking area at the boat launch facility in Point Peron. Other applicants who were successful in securing funding include:

  • The Shire of Murray – $322,598 was awarded to install four floating jetties around Wharf Cove in South Yunderup.
  • The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions – $57,470 was secured to replace the boating jetty at Sandy Beach Reserve in Bassendean.
  • The Shire of Ashburton – received $50,000 to perform a planning study, including detailed design and tender cost estimate to replace the Onslow Community Boating Precinct boat ramp.
  • City of Busselton – were awarded $15,900 to perform the installation of five solar lights, which will be located at the boat launching facility in Port Geographe.


Who can apply for WA boating grants?

The Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme grant is available to local governments, state government departments and statutory authorities who are responsible for recreational boating facilities.


“Not only is investing in projects like these enhancing lifestyles across the State, they are also creating jobs in construction and the marine industry,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Introduced in 1998, the RBFS creates partnerships between the State Government and coastal managers with funding partly provided by boat registration fees.”


If a volunteer marine rescue group, a community group or an individual wants to apply for a grant, they will need to contact one of the authorities listed above. The facility in question must also be accessible to the recreational boating public and licensed to an eligible authority.


For more information on who can apply, head here.


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