Local community groups, search and rescue organisations, councils and waterway authorities have been encouraged to apply for funding to improve waterway access and safety by Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria.
Ms Tierney welcomed the announcement by Roads and Ports Minister, Tim Pallas, to inject $5 million into the Boating Safety and Facilities Program (BSFP).
“This funding will be used to upgrade boat ramps and jetties, conduct training and education, supply new search and rescue vessels, enhance marine communications and improve navigation and safety signage,” said Ms Tierney.
“This program has seen $26 million invested into boating safety and infrastructure across the state and the Brumby Government has allocated a further $20 million to continue this successful program over the next four years.”
As part of the BSFP, grants will be available to eligible community groups and agencies for the following categories:
Boating Facilities and Community Harbours;
Education and Training;
Search and Rescue;
Navigation Aids and Signage; and
Around 130 projects received funding through last year’s program across the state, which re-invests funds from recreational boat operator licensing fees and vessel registration revenue.
This included funding locally for Colac Collage who received $1,500 for water safety equipment for canoe/kayaking program.
“I encourage all eligible organisations in Colac to submit an application for funding up until Friday, 28 September,” said Ms Tierney.
“The Brumby Government is committed to ensuring we improve the safety of our beaches, bays, coastlines, rivers and lakes while making boating accessible for all Victorians.”
More information and copies of the application booklets are available by contacting Marine Safety Victoria on 1800 337 222 or visit www.marinesafety.vic.gov.au