Point Walter boating facility to get significant upgrade

The Point Walter boating facility will be upgraded after the City of Melville scored a $700,000 grant.
The Point Walter boating facility will be upgraded after the City of Melville scored a $700,000 grant.

THE Point Walter boating facility will be upgraded after the City of Melville scored a hefty grant.

The existing ramp at the site will be replaced to feature a double lane launch spot and central finger jetty.

It was made possible after $700,000 was offered by the State Government under its Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS).

The Bicton project was one of nine across the state to share in $1.5 million.

The Port Coogee Marina’s public jetty will double in capacity for recreational craft after the City of Cockburn scored $170,000.

A new 50-metre floating jetty will be built at the Mandurah Ocean Marina thanks to a $160,000 grant.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the upgrades were a boost to communities and “in some cases assist with local tourism and employment”.

“Boating and fishing is a way of life for many Western Australians and these grants are an acknowledgment of that local culture,” she said.

“I look forward to seeing the progress each local government makes on their projects following these grants.”

RBFS grants can cover up to 75 per cent of the cost of a project, with contributions capped at $750,000.

The RBFS be used to plan, construct or upgrade boat launching ramps, jetties, moorings and new channels, as well as trailer parking, toilets, fish cleaning stations, lighting and signage.

Projects to receive Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme funding:

City of Busselton – $15,285: Six additional ladders to Old Dunsborough and Abbey Boat Ramp finger jetties.

City of Busselton – $165,000: Port Geographe Boating Facility design and construction of floating jetty to provide improved, safer access to vessels.

Shire of Carnarvon – $38,250: Carnarvon Fascine Entrance Study to provide a long-term plan to maintain a safe navigation channel for craft.

City of Cockburn -$170,000: Port Coogee Marina public jetty extension to double capacity for recreational craft.

Shire of Dardanup – $157,965: Eaton foreshore boat ramp and jetties upgrade to allow two-wheel drive access to ramp, extend western finger jetty and implement floating berthing platform.

Shire of Gingin – $43,227: Ledge Point Boat Harbour coastal processes assessment (Stage 2) to confirm the possible impact of the proposed harbour.

City of Mandurah – $157,722: Mandurah Ocean Marina construction of a new 50-metre public universal access floating jetty

City of Melville – $700,000: Point Walter boat launching facility upgrade to provide new double lane launch ramp and central finger jetty.

Shire of Woodanilling – $52,551: Queerearrup Lake shelter and toilet facilities.

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