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A key priority for Transport for NSW is to provide continued support for the
boating and maritime sector in NSW. This support is being realised through
record levels of funding for a range of activities statewide.
It is estimated that two million people enjoy the State’s waters each year
in all manner of recreational craft and then there are the more than 15
million passenger trips annually on commercial vessels- No wonder when
you consider NSW has some of the finest waterways in Australia.
Transport for NSW manages the effort through the combination of a
dedicated maritime management team that works with Roads and
Maritime Services (RMS). Transport for NSW is responsible for the strategic,
policy, key stakeholder and awareness campaigns, while RMS is responsible
for operational delivery through public engagement and compliance.
Recent changes within Transport for NSW has galvanised our efforts and
both the Transport for NSW maritime management team and RMS will
continue to deliver what is the most coordinated and comprehensive
program of support to the boating community in Australia.
We are making improvements each season, we’ve reduced red tape, we’re
delivering better infrastructure and we’re continuing to achieve significant
The Transport for NSW maritime management team constructed an
evidence-based strategic program with the support of key stakeholders,
including RMS, to plough revenue raised through boating fees such as
licences and registrations back into programs and services to support the
This program has seen a record $70 million dedicated to new and improved
boating infrastructure statewide, additional education and compliance
resources, a comprehensive signage improvement program, support for
a network of boating education hubs, and a safety awareness campaign
that is contributing to a significant increase in lifejacket wear rates which
underpins an ongoing decline in the fatal boating incident rate.
More information is available at http://maritimemanagement.transport.
The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay has
reaffirmed the State Government commitment to the boating
Mr Gay said the Government had invested big time in the past four years
to improve safety and strengthen safe boating messaging – to help drive
down fatalities on our waterways.
“The 2013/14 year saw our best boating safety result in over 20 years;
and although we saw an increase in fatalities last year, the long-term
trend is showing a steady decline.”
Sadly mature-age men in small boats were overrepresented in these
fatalities – with no lifejackets on.
“I fall into this overrepresented age group and I understand the resistance
to change, but we cannot ignore the cold hard facts – as lifejacket wear
goes up, fatalities go down.
“And while I’m asking boaters to do their bit in the safety space ... the
State Government is helping to get the infrastructure up to scratch with
a massive $70 million boost and record-spend in the latest budget to
improve boating facilities on our waterways.
“We have been working closely with councils, local sporting organisations,
key community groups and the boating public to identify key boating
issues in NSW.
“Thanks to everyone’s input we have some great projects which we are
now delivering on - from boat ramp and facility upgrades, and new public
jetties, to upgrades of wharves and pontoons.”
A key focus for the NSW Government in this program is ensuring regional
areas are receiving their fair share of funding. In fact about 90 per cent of
the first $37.5 million we have allocated so far is going towards regional
As part of the broader NSW Boating Now Program we have some 190
projects in the pipeline, with a strong commitment to complete these by
2017 – with further projects will follow.
by Neil Patchett, Transport for NSW
BOATING IN NSW
With lifejacket wear rates in NSW on the rise and the fatal boating incident
rate on the decline, now is not the time to ease up on promoting safe and
Boating is a relatively safe activity but together we can make it safer
and that means more enjoyable for all. One way to improve safety is to
address what is causing fatalities and all too often it is drowning due to
not wearing an appropriate lifejacket.
Transport for NSW has released the next evolution of its awareness
campaign and the focus is on personal responsibility about making the
right choice when it comes to wearing a lifejacket, especially in smaller
craft. The new television clip can be viewed in Youtube, just search NSW
Maritime or go to https://www.youtube.com/user/NSWMaritime
The new boating safety awareness campaign for NSW is about
making the right choice for a safe and enjoyable day out in a boat ...
especially smaller craft like open runabouts.
Construction scenes for a $1 million upgrade of the Coffs Harbour
boat ramp. This is a significant piece of engineering involving
collaboration between RMS, Transport for NSW, Coffs Harbour Council
and Manly Hydraulics Lab. This work is in addition to a $3.07 million
investment on 24 key boating projects to boost safety and accessibility
for boaters in the Mid-North Coast region.
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