Better Boating Program
The Better Boating Program was a five year grants program aimed at providing recreational boating infrastructure for the benefit of the boating community on New South Wales waterways. The Better Boating Program, which started in July 2009, consolidated the three grants programs previously administered by Roads and Maritime Services.
Roads and Maritime uses revenue raised from registration and licence fees to fund the grants program.
Since the beginning of infrastructure grant funding in 1998 the State Government has provided over $45 million for over 750 boating infrastructure improvements across New South Wales.
2013/14 was the final year of the five year program of grants under the BBP (successful 2013/14 Better Boating Program applications were announced on 12 December 2013).
From 2014/15 the Better Boating Program will be replaced by a new program – the Boating Infrastructure Partnership Program.
To assist in the Boating Infrastructure Partnership Program, the Maritime Management Centre within Transport for NSW, together with Roads and Maritime, is undertaking a state-wide study of existing boating facilities and safety measures to inform the development of Regional Boating Plans which cover each of the major waterways across NSW.
The Regional Boating Plans will help inform projects to be funded under the new Boating Infrastructure Partnership Program by identifying infrastructure priorities for each region and across the state.
The Boating Infrastructure Partnership Program will replace the successful Better Boating Program and will see more funding made available for the priority projects identified in the Regional Boating Plans.
Local councils, government agencies and boating groups are encouraged to submit potential boating infrastructure projects for consideration as part of the Regional Boating Plans. A consultation process by consultants GHD is being undertaken between February and May 2014. For further information about how to provide input into the development of the Regional Boating Plans please see the Transport for NSW website.
For any enquiries about existing Better Boating Program projects please contact the Better Boating Program team at firstname.lastname@example.org.