The town of Portland can look forward to a safer boating future with $378,200 awarded to Glenelg Shire council to upgrade the Portland Boat Ramp from the Victorian Government’s
2008 – 09 Boating Safety and Facilities Program.
Gayle Tierney, Upper House Member for Western Victoria, said that boating is a popular activity in Portland and it is important that we ensure that boating facilities are as safe and accessible as possible to all.
“This upgraded facility will provide a safer and improved facility for the local community and the numerous visitors who enjoy boating and fishing here in Portland,” Ms Tierney said.
“These works have been funded from the Victorian Government’s 2008-2009 Boating Safety and Facilities Program, funded by re-investing recreational boat operator licensing fees and vessel registration revenue.
“$378,200 has been provided by the program to the Glenelg Shire Council to supplement its contribution of over $94,000 for the works.
“The upgrade of this boat ramp will allow boaters to safely launch and retrieve their vessels and reduce congestion at the ramp,” Ms Tierney said.
A further $100,000 in grants have also been awarded to shire councils and boating groups for upgrades of boat ramps at Jubilee Park and Yambuk Lake, installation of lighting at Apollo Bay boat ramp, and the installation of a new beacon to aid navigation into the Port at Lady Bay.
“Improving boating safety on Victoria’s waterways is a priority for the Brumby Government and the Boating Safety and Facilities Program is a successful initiative for providing infrastructure, equipment and resources to make the right difference.” Ms Tierney said.
“It is great to see so much being done in the region to ensure boaters of Victoria stay safe and have an enjoyable experience on the water.
“The Boating Safety and Facilities Program is now in its eighth year and has invested over $36 million into projects that make boating safer and more accessible to Victorians. It is funded by re-investing recreational boat operator licensing fees and vessel registration revenue.” Ms Tierney said.
2008 – 09 grant recipients were announced on 8 October 2008 with a total of 91 new grants to be provided to a range of boating, fishing and community groups, search and rescue organisations, local waterway authorities, government agencies and committees of management throughout Victoria.
For further information on the program contact Marine Safety Victoria on 1800 337 222 or visit www.marinesafety.vic.gov.au