PATTERSON RIVER BOOST FOR LOCAL BOATIES

PATTERSON RIVER BOOST FOR LOCAL BOATIES

Posted on 08. Sep, 2010 in Clayton Update

The Patterson River’s popular boating facility has re-opened following a major $1.3 million upgrade from the Brumby Labor Government.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas was joined by Member for Carrum Jenny Lindell to tour the newly-upgraded boating facility that is among the most popular in Port Phillip Bay.

“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 Pallas said.

“We have spent $1.3 million to upgrade these facilities at Patterson River and that includes the asphalting of the carpark, improved access to boat ramps, and the installation of 150 metres of new retaining wall and a safe berthing-floating pontoon.

“This is a very popular boating facility, hosting over 52,000 boat launches and retrievals a year. The upgrades will provide a boost for local anglers and boating enthusiasts and make launching a boat from one of our busiest boating facilities an easier and more enjoyable experience.”

The latest works are in addition to $3.36 million already invested by the Victorian Government to improve the Patterson River boating facility, through Marine Safety Victoria and Parks Victoria.

Ms Lindell said Port Phillip Bay attracted over 56 million visits a year, with Patterson River a wonderful place through which to explore and enjoy the bay.

“This investment at Patterson River is about ensuring that Melbourne’s bays continue to provide world class recreational activities for all Victorians both now and into the future,” she said.

“We recognise the popularity of recreational fishing and boat ownership is on the rise, especially in this area, and the Brumby Labor Government is investing in maritime infrastructure around the bay to help to accommodate this growth.”

Mr Pallas said the Patterson River upgrade was part of more than 880 projects across the state funded through the Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program to help make boating safer and more accessible.

“Now in its tenth year, the popular program has provided more than $41 million towards these projects all over Victoria, with a further $5 million allocated to the 2010-11 grants round,” he said.

“The projects improve 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.”

For more information on the 2010-11 Boating Safety and Facilities Program call 1800 337 222, email boating.grants@transport.vic.gov.au or visit: www.transport.vic.gov.au/grants

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