NSW Government Commits To Restore Vital Waterway

NSW Government Commits To Restore Vital Waterway

The NSW Government will provide funding to restore the accessibility and health of the Manning River estuary, Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams announced today.

Mrs Williams said the NSW Government will commit up to $40,000 – which includes funding under phase two of the Rescuing Our Waterways program – to undertake work to improve boating safety, environmental and tourism outcomes in the electorate.

“Waterways are the lifeblood of many communities in the Manning River catchment,” Mrs Williams said.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are committed to restoring navigation and the health of key waterways across the State by funding key dredging projects that will in turn support local economies and tourism industries.”

“The funding will go towards dredging activities and restoring boating access at the Harrington Back Channel and Farquhar Inlet near Old Bar,” Mrs Williams said.

“I recently took the Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries to Harrington to look at a range of local issues including the need for dredging in the Back Channel.

“This funding will allow Greater Taree City Council to undertake the works.

“Our waterways are so important to Manning River communities and I am extremely pleased to be able to deliver funding for vital work that was long neglected by the former Labor Government,” Mrs Williams said.

Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries said the NSW Government will provide up to 50 per cent towards the projects’ expected $80,000 cost.

“Under the Rescuing our Waterways Program, the Government will provide up to 50 per cent towards the actual costs for projects, with the local council managing the project and providing the remaining funds or in partnership with local stakeholders,” Mr Humphries said.

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