Eastwood Ryde

Council wins $1.4m grant to upgrade boat ramp

THE BOAT RAMP at Kissing Point will be upgraded thanks to a one and a half million dollar grant announced by Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts on Monday.

The $1,410,500 grant will fund a City of Ryde project to upgrade the boat ramp as well as Lane Cove Council’s project to upgrade non-powered vessel access and a storage facility at Butchers Block Point in Longueville.
“The City of Ryde Council’s project will involve upgrading the boat ramp at Kissing Point Park on the Parramatta River coupled with a new boat wash down bay, fish cleaning station, public amenities block, car park and access improvements, seating and shelter,” Mr Roberts said.
The City of Ryde has carried out substantial work at Kissing Point to encourage visitors and Mayor Jerome Laxale welcomed the announcement.
“Kissing Point is one of our premier open space areas and we thank Mr Roberts for his tireless advocacy,” he said.
Mr Roberts said the Lane Cove Council’s project will deliver a new Aquatic Park Skiff and Public Storage and Community Access facility including storage for dinghies, kayaks and skiffs as well as improvements to public non-powered boating access to Sydney Harbour.
“The facility will also provide increased vessel storage for the Lane Cove 12 foot Sailing Skiff Club.”
He said the grants are part of the state government’s Boating Now program.
“This Boating Now program is funded from boating licence and registration fees which are reinvested back into initiatives that improve boating for local communities.”
“The Program also contributes to achieving the outcomes for the ten-year Marine Estate Management Strategy to coordinate the management of the marine estates.
“Maritime infrastructure is an essential enabler for recreational boaters, important coastal industries and foreshore experiences for locals and visitors.”
Boating Now has also allocated two million dollars to fund repairs to boating infrastructure damaged by severe weather events.
For more information on the program and successful projects go to:
www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/key-build-program/boating-now