Wonboyn gets $245,000 windfall

Wonboyn Lake Boat Ramp is set for a revamp after the State government awarded $245,000 to Bega Valley Shire Council under the Better Boating Program (BBP).

The grant will allow for the rebuilding of the existing boat ramp, replacement of the old timber jetty with a new pontoon and enlargement of the ramp approach.

Wonboyn Rock Oysters owner Kel Henry said he looks forward to viewing the council’s plans for the refurbishment of the boat ramp.

“I’m hoping we [the Wonboyn Rock Oysters facility] are included in those plans,” Mr Henry said.

“I think it’s terrific that State government has given a small coastal community that sort of money.

“It indicates they recognize how important small communities are in the scheme of things especially when it comes to providing tourism opportunities…this is great for Wonboyn.

“The current facility was funded as a community project many years ago and it has been very serviceable bit it is in desperate need of a revamp, so the timing couldn’t be better.”

NSW Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay said the funding allocated under the BBP will support 66 projects in regional NSW and five boat ramps and boating facility upgrades in Sydney Harbour at a cost of $5.4 million.

“The grants are about planning for the future and making sure the community has safe access to facilities which help them get out and about on our waterways,” Minister Gay said.

“The BBP supports local councils, boating clubs and other agencies to make recreational boating facilities safer, more accessible and able to cater for increased demand.

“The program funding includes revenue raised from boat registrations and licences,” he said.

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