The Western Australia Government currently has $2 million to put towards marine facilities and they’re asking you, the boaties, to suggest where that money should be spent.
Applications are open and calling for boating facility managers to identify projects that would be of benefit, such as the building or improvement of land based infrastructures like trailer parking areas, toilets, signage and public boating facilities.
Applications for this round of funding close on February 9, 2016 so if you would like to apply you can visit the Department of Transport.
The money has come from revenue raised through the WA Recreational Skippers Ticket (RST), introduced in 2006, which allows the 200,000 people who possess an RST to drive any recreational watercraft in the state, and their passengers to skipper the boat provided the RST holder is present.
In order to gain a RST you have to be able to answer a series of safety and navigation questions and pass a practical boating test conducted by licenced assessors.
After almost ten years and over 200,000 ticket holders, the RST has raised this $2 million windfall which was promised from the start to be re-invested into boating through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS).
Since it formed in 1998, the RBFS has administered $42 million to 395 projects like rebuilding boat ramps and jetties and upgrading car parks.
Some of these works include;
- A $1.5m grant to rebuild boat ramps, jetty and upgrade the car park at the Park Beach boat ramp in Karratha
- $700,000 was contributed to upgrade the overflow car and trailer parking area at Woodman Point boat ramp on the Swan River
- The City of Joondalup received $30,000 to construct a fish cleaning station at the Ocean Reef boat ramp