Deepwater Point boat ramp to be upgraded

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Picture: Matt Jelonek

BOATING facilities at Deepwater Point will receive a major overhaul after the State Government awarded the City of Melville a $700,000 grant to enhance the popular launch spot.

Nine projects secured a share of $1.5 million in funding available through the latest round of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme.

The lion’s share went to City of Melville, which will use the funding to replace the existing ramp with two ramp lanes incorporating a new central finger jetty.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the upgrade of facilities at Deepwater Point would significantly improve efficiency and ease waiting times at the busy ramp, especially during peak periods.

“The scheme, established in 1998 to assist in the planning and development of public boating facilities including upgrades to existing infrastructure, allows boat owners to directly contribute as it is partly funded from boat registration fees,” she said.

This year’s round of grants was split evenly between metropolitan and regional projects

Boating facility managers can apply for grants up to 75 per cent of the estimated project cost, with the maximum amount limited to $750,000.

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