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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.

NSW Boating Now Round 2

Applications for Round 2 funding under the NSW Boating Now Program are now open.

Under the Boating Now Program, $10 million was initially allocated to Round 2 projects for delivery in the final two years of the program to December 2019. As a result of savings during the first three years of the program, this funding has increased to $17 million.

We are now seeking applications from local government, other authorities, community groups and other boating stakeholders for funding assistance to deliver recreational boating infrastructure projects across the state. Projects in the past have included new and upgraded boat ramps, boat trailer parking facilities, pontoons, jetties and sewage pumpouts.

Projects identified during consultation on the Regional Boating Plans that did not receive funding Round 1 but still have a strong benefit to the boating experience will be favourably considered. Consideration will also be given to new projects identified by councils and other delivery partners.

Under Round 2, consideration will also be given to projects that improve boat trailer storage in areas where the parking of boat trailers on residential streets has been identified as an issue. These projects will be assessed under the same criteria as the Boat Trailer Storage Grants Program which closed in December 2016. While negotiations are continuing on a number of boat trailer storage initiatives identified through that process, further applications for funding to support additional boat trailer storage initiatives are encouraged.

NSW Boating Now Round 2 funding ($17 million) will be split between:

  • Priority Regional projects and
  • Boat trailer Storage projects.

All interested parties, including local government, other authorities, community groups and the boating stakeholders, are encouraged to apply. Applications close midnight on Sunday 20 August 2017.

How to Apply

Further details on the Round 2 application process including the NSW Boating Now Round 2 guidelines, the NSW Boating Now Round 2 Project Application Form, and Frequently Asked Questions are available at:


If you require further information, please contact maritime@transport.nsw.gov.au.

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.