$1.3m for Lake Macquarie jetty projects


12th January 2018
Public jetties at Wangi Wangi, Speers Point and Rathmines will be rebuilt or improved with funding secured by Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper under the State Government’s Boating Now program.

(Picture courtesy of the Newcastle Herald)

Public jetties at Wangi Wangi, Speers Point and Rathmines will be rebuilt or improved with funding secured by Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper under the State Government’s Boating Now program.

Mr Piper has announced that more than $1.3m has been secured to help Lake Macquarie City Council deliver improved boat ramps, pontoons and jetties at key locations in the area.

“The funding includes $668,779 to upgrade the public jetty near Wangi RSL Club,” Mr Piper said. “This popular jetty is in a really poor state and is currently closed, but the upgrade will provide a modern structure, deeper water access, a floating pontoon and casual tie-up facilities for boaters.

The public jetty near Speers Point Swim Centre will also be upgraded and reopened with a $460,000 contribution from the State Government, while $190,489 will be put towards the installation of a pontoon at Rathmines Park boat ramp.

“We have what is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, attracting thousands onto the water every week, but sadly a lot of its facilities have deteriorated in recent years,” Mr Piper said. “This money will go a long way towards helping Lake Macquarie council provide much better and more modern facilities.”

Chairman of Lake Macquarie Aquatic Services Committee Ken Winning said he was also delighted with the funding, particularly for the Wangi Wangi jetty project.

“The committee was strongly of the opinion that this jetty, which would otherwise be lost, was so important to the community, particularly with its close links to Wangi Wangi Amateur Sailing Club,” he said

The projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said Boating Now is a $70 million five-year program. It’s tied to a $26 million contribution from local councils and other partners aimed at delivering vital boating infrastructure across the state.

The successful Lake Macquarie projects include:

  • $668,779 to upgrade the public jetty at Wangi Wangi (behind the RSL Club);
  • $460,000 to replace the currently closed jetty at Speers Point, near the swim centre;
  • $190,489 to install a pontoon at Rathmines Park boat ramp

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