Boating infrastructure boost

Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons at Light Horse Park in Liverpool.
Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons at Light Horse Park in Liverpool.

A new kayak launch facility at Light Horse Park in Liverpool is one of 69 successful projects allocated grant funding under the state government's $28 million investment in round three of the Boating Now program.

Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons said Liverpool Council's plans for the new non-powered vessel facility will receive $163,870 in funding.

"The project at Light Horse Park will involve designing and building a new kayak launch facility on the Georges River close to the new Paper Mill Precinct. The new launch facility will include an all-abilities access kayak launch platform to cater for individuals in a wheelchair," she said.

"The program is funded from boating licence and registration fees which are reinvested back into initiatives that improve boating for local communities.

"We are offering delivery partners up to 25 per cent of the grant value up front to help fast-track the planning and delivery of projects to stimulate local economies."

As part of the new round of funding - which supports infrastructure projects to improve boating access, amenities and safety for NSW boaters - $2 million has been set aside for boating infrastructure to be repaired quickly following damage caused by severe weather events such as storms and bushfires.

Ms Gibbons said the remaining funding will be allocated to priority infrastructure outcomes identified in the 2018 Maritime Infrastructure Plan

The Boating Now round three allocation is in addition to the $70 million investment since the program commenced in 2015.