Coastal Dredging Funding Available

Coastal Dredging Funding Available

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is encouraging local councils to apply for NSW Government funding for essential dredging projects under the Rescuing Our Waterways program.

Mrs Williams said the State Government recently announced an additional $6 million over four years for the Rescuing Our Waterways program, as part of the NSW Coastal Dredging Strategy.

“This funding will help improve the accessibility, health and safety of our regional waterways for recreational and commercial vessels,” Mrs Williams said.

“There are a number of projects that councils could apply for including the dredging of the Hastings River to remove sand build up which would assist boats to better navigate the river.

“The dredging of Lake Cathie is another option for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to consider.

“Mid Coast Council could investigate options to remove sand build up on the Manning River entrance at Harrington,” Mrs Williams said.

“Rescuing Our Waterways is delivered in partnership between State Government and councils.

“The program has already benefitted a number of communities along the coast, improving access to local waterways.

“I encourage local councils to find out more about this fantastic initiative to ensure our community continues to enjoy our coastal harbours and rivers,” Mrs Williams said.

Councils can apply for up to 50 per cent of the cost of a project.

Applications for the Rescuing Our Waterways program are now open and close 23 June 2017.

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