Will Your Local Boat Ramp Benefit?

RECREATIONAL boating and fishing facilities throughout Western Australia will be enhanced by more than $5 million worth of State Government grants for improvements to recreational boating facilities – thanks to your boat licence fees.

Announcing the latest grants under the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS), Transport Minister Dean Nalder said 21 projects from Port Hedland to Denmark would be funded and the majority of the projects are located in regional WA.

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Included in the funding was $20,000 for the Shire of Denmark to implement an “Ocean Beach Alternative Launch and Retrieval Facility Study”. The Shire recently voted to controversially close Ocean Beach to boat launching during peak periods at Christmas and Easter to prevent interaction between other beach users and boaters. Recfishwest did not support this decision, which also angered many people in the local community, however, this $20,000 study will hopefully lead to better outcomes for recreational fishers in Denmark.

Other grants included $1.5 million for the rebuild of the Back Beach Boat Ramp in Karratha and $500,000 for work on the Eaton foreshore boat ramp parking and stormwater.

The scheme, which is funded by Royalties for Regions, is managed by the Department of Transport and provides up to 75 per cent of funding for new or improved facilities which benefit the recreational boating public and the approximate 140,000 fishing from boat licensees.

Eligible authorities can also apply for planning grants which result in detailed plans, cost estimates and approvals for public recreational boating facilities.

To have your say or see what boating facilities will receive upgrades and funding, click here.