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NSW Boating Now

An infrastructure delivery program to provide state-wide improvements for boating.

NSW Boating Now is a five year boating infrastructure announced by the Minister for Roads and Freight in August 2014. Under the program $14 million per year is being made available to support the delivery of new and improved boating facilities through partnerships with local councils and other organisations.

The objectives of NSW Boating Now are to:

  • enhance the boating experience in NSW by improving the overall capacity and amenity of boating infrastructure on NSW waterways, informed by direct engagement with local boaters.
  • ensure local boaters see a greater return from their registration and licence fees through improvements to local boating facilities.
  • deliver projects through effective partnership arrangements with Councils and other organisations.
  • deliver important projects identified through the Regional Boating Plans, not just wait for Councils to apply for funding grants.

Link to Boating Now Regional projects map

$37.5 million from NSW Boating Now has been allocated to support to delivery of the 192 Priority Regional Projects identified in the 11 Regional Boating Plans.

An additional $10 million has also been set aside for major projects, $5 million for boat trailer parking initiatives and another $10 million for the delivery of second round projects in the last two years of this program.

Further information about the key elements of NSW Boating Now is provided in the NSW Boating Statement.

Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program

Applications for the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program are now open. The Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program offers grant funding of up to $5 million to support the delivery of alternative viable storage facilities and solutions for boat trailers.

The Grants Program aims to reduce the number of boat trailers parked on residential streets, particularly in high density areas and complements the recent Impounding Act 1993 amendments. Further information about these legislative changes, which enable councils to ‘opt in’ to take impounding action against boat trailers parked for more than 28 days, can be found on the Office of Local Government website.

All interested parties, including councils, businesses, community groups and the boating industry, are encouraged to apply. Grant applications close midnight on Friday, 2 December 2016.

How to Apply

Before beginning your application, please ensure that you are familiar with the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program Guidelines and the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program Questions & Answers.

Please complete the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program Application Form and submit it, along with supporting documentation, to boattrailergrants@transport.nsw.gov.au by midnight on Friday, 2 December 2016.

If you require further information, please contact boattrailergrants@transport.nsw.gov.au or 02 4962 6438.

Boating Infrastructure Emergency Repair Pool Scheme

The Boating Infrastructure Emergency Repair Pool (BIERP) provides a new funding mechanism for repair or replacement of recreational boating infrastructure that is lost or damaged in natural events such as storms and floods, and extends assistance to events such as acts of vandalism, theft or accidental damage.

Repair or replacement of publicly owned recreational boating facilities may be eligible for funding under BIERP. These facilities include recreational jetties and wharves, boat ramps, pontoons, pump out facilities, slipways, storage facilities, parking areas and some supporting amenities, provided that the asset owner has appropriately insured and maintained the asset.

The scheme was developed by Transport for NSW following feedback from Local Councils and includes a funding allocation of up to $5 million over the course of the program. The scheme is administered by Roads and Maritime Services and runs from 1 July 2015 until 1 July 2019.

Further information about the scheme is provided in the Boating Infrastructure Emergency Repair Pool Guidelines. Parties wishing to apply for funding assistance should fill out the Boating Infrastructure Emergency Repair Pool Application Form and return to Roads and Maritime at grants@rms.nsw.gov.au, or contact the grants team on (02) 9563 8851.