Exciting Projects on the way for Tasmanian Boaters
Thu 17 May 2012
Minister for Infrastructure
Three major new developments to greatly enhance recreational boating in southern Tasmania are underway.
The projects are administered by Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST), and funded from annual boating registrations and triennial licence renewal fees.
More than $9-million has now been spent on 360 projects since 1998, honouring a commitment made to the recreational boating community.
"Boating is a big part of the special Tasmanian lifestyle for many in our community, not least because we're blessed with beautiful waterways and coastline," Mr O'Byrne said.
"In fact, we've had the largest boat registration growth of any state, over the past decade.
"Boating is a deeply important pastime for more and more Tasmanians, and this ongoing investment is all about providing the boat ramps, jetties, navigation buoys and other services they need to enjoy boating safely and efficiently," he said.
The three particularly significant projects, worth more than $1 million combined are:
Sullivans Cove Pontoon
- The new facility will provide short-term public berthing for recreational boats of all sizes in Sullivans Cove, which is currently not possible.
- There'll be berthing for up to eight larger boats, and 10 run-about styled boats.
- It'll add another attractive access point on the Hobart waterfront.
- The pontoon is part-funded in co-operation with Robert Pennicott of Tasman and Bruny Island Cruises. It'll be owned by the Hobart City Council.
- It's an example of State and Local Government working together for a successful outcome.
South Arm Jetty
- The public jetty will be demolished and replaced with an improved version, including a lower landing stage to support people using the adjacent launching ramp.
- Work started on May 7th, and should be finished by the end of August.
- It's a significant contract opportunity for the local company, Tas Marine Construction.
- The jetty is being replaced, with a new dual-lane boat ramp being constructed in deep water on the southern side. That'll replace the existing single-lane ramp, which only allows for smaller vessels, and only at mid-high tides.
- A rock groyne is also being constructed to protect the ramp from southerly conditions.
- Work will start after approvals have been granted. That's expected to be next month (June).
In 2003, all recreational power boat licences became renewable every three years. All renewals are returned directly back to boat owners and licence holders in the form of better boating facilities and services.