Recreational boaters, search and rescue organisations and boating facilities across Victoria will share in $5 million from the Brumby Labor Government for projects to improve boating safety and infrastructure.
Acting Roads and Ports Minister Peter Batchelor today announced that grant applications for the 2010-11 Boating Safety and Facilities Program were now open.
“The Brumby Labor Government is improving safety and accessibility on all Victorian waterways and we understand how important these projects are to local communities,” Mr Batchelor said.
“We have allocated $5 million for the 2010-11 program and I encourage all eligible organisations with worthwhile projects to submit an application for this round of grants.
“Now in its tenth year, the popular program has provided more than $41 million to about 880 projects across the state that have helped make boating safer and more accessible.
“This funding helps improve access to our waterways, with grants available to build and upgrade boat ramps and jetties.
“It also enhances safety on our coasts, rivers and lakes by funding training and education programs, providing new search and rescue vessels, improving navigation and safety signage and enhancing marine communications.”
Last year, more than $4 million was allocated to 63 projects, with almost $700,000 provided for search and rescue across Victoria, providing volunteers with key equipment and training required to undertake important rescue operations for our boating communities.
Mr Batchelor said the Brumby Labor Government was committed to working with local communities to ensure safer boating environments and provide better facilities across the state.
“Improving boating safety is a high priority for this Government and our aim is to continue to reduce the number of boating-related injuries and fatalities on Victoria’s waterways,” he said.
“I urge boating, fishing and community groups, search and rescue organisations, local waterway authorities, government agencies and committees of management to apply for funding.”
Grant applications for the 2010-11 Boating Safety and Facilities Program close on 13 August.
For more information or for a copy of the application booklet, call 1800 337 222, email email@example.com or visit www.transport.vic.gov.au/grants