Marine Infrastructure Plan 2019-2024 and Small Boating Fund

Following an extensive consultation phase, MAST is now transitioning this financial year to a new funding format and has developed an infrastructure plan to replace the 20 year old Recreational Boating Fund. From 1 July 2020 applications for funding up to $50 000 will not be required to be addressed at the yearly forums. If a worthy application is received the project will be able to be initiated immediately. In addition to this process, the infrastructure plan, which was overwhelmingly endorsed by the boating public during the consultation period, will allow MAST to focus on projects and commence the often lengthy approval process to ensure the infrastructure upgrades are “shovel” ready when the funding is available.

Purpose

The Marine Infrastructure Plan sets the parameters and guidelines for the delivery of new and updated recreational boating facilities and services in Tasmania over the next five years by Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST).

MAST wishes to continue to ensure that funds invested in infrastructure are used efficiently and effectively and that these funds are supplemented, where possible, with additional funds from facility owners. These owners may be local Councils, Hydro Tasmania, Inland Fisheries Service and other organisations who are prepared to offer the public access to their marine facilities.  MAST will also continue to source separate State Government and Commonwealth Funding where available.

It is MAST’s aim to provide the recreational boating public with the best infrastructure possible and to ensure there remains transparency around where registration and licence fees are spent.

The need for a 5-year plan

Over a number of years, the time taken to obtain approvals from the various agencies and councils has increased significantly. As a result, there has been a need to carry forward expenditure from both funding streams (Registration and Licence  fees) from one financial year to the next. This creates uncertainty in the delivery of projects.

With the complexities of marine construction, delays are also experienced through a shortage of suitable contractors and adverse weather conditions. Historically the best time for construction is late summer, autumn and very early into winter.  However, with the delays experienced due to the approvals process, this is not always achievable.

A 5-year Infrastructure Plan will enable MAST to define the projects it wishes to undertake over this period.  This will allow MAST to obtain all the necessary approvals and cost estimates plus appoint contractors well in advance of the scheduled construction time frame.

The Infrastructure Plan will also provide time for MAST to consult with facility owners about proposed improvements.  This, in turn, provides the facility owners with time to budget for contributions towards the improvements.

It is important that flexibility remains within the plan and that it remains under regular review. It may need to be amended if strategic direction changes with projects for certain reasons and to meet user needs and expectations.

Funding for the projects will be provided through the combination of both the RBF and Licence Funds, providing $1.3 million annually, depending on registration renewal and licence renewal uptake. This amount may increase over the five year period if there is an increase in registrations and licences.  This funding may also increase with contributions from facility owners.

In addition to the $1.3 million, there will be an additional amount of $300 000 provided annually in the small project fund described later in this document. The total spend on infrastructure through the funding remains the same as it is now at $1.6 million per annum.

Proposed Projects

New infrastructure and upgrades to existing infrastructure have been identified through a desk top audit by three experienced MAST staff who have been involved in facilities for a combined period of 58 years at MAST. These staff were involved in an initial audit in 2005.

The projects listed below are in no particular order but will be prioritised post consultation. Cost estimates for the projects will then be prepared and the approvals process can be commenced.

The proposed projects are statewide and would enhance recreational boating in each location and region. As stated previously, flexibility within the Plan may mean that priorities change due to user needs, approval processes and funding availability. Any changes to this Plan will be communicated to stakeholders.

ProjectCommentsFinancial Year
Craigbourne DamLow level ramp - summer 2019-202019-2020
Thureau HillsPontoon/walkway. Dam will be drawn down in March 2020 - tenders October 2019. Hydro handling approvals2019-2020
Flexmat for dams work2019-2020
Plans and consultantsPlans for Port Davey, Apex Point, Pirates Bay, Margate2019-2020
Port DaveyPontoon Melaleuca, repairs Claytons Jetty and ringbolts Wombat Cove. Discussed with PWS2020-2021
Stanley HarbourBerthing pontoon. Discussions with Stanley Chamber of Commerce. Concept plan completed.2020-2021
DoverRebuild ramp and walkway. Concept plan completed.2020-2021
Pirates BayExtend recreational walkway2021-2022
Apex Point - NubeenaReconfiguration and rebuild Apex Point ramp and walkway2021-2022
Bellerive public berthBehind new breakwater and as discussed with Bellerive Yacht Club and Minister
WeymouthBreakwater2022-2023
Clarence PointWalkway2022-2023
PenguinRedesign low water ramp2023-2024
BurnieExtend wave wall and add pontoon2023-2024
Dru PointWave attenuater2024-2025
Little SwanportReconfigure car parking in conjuction with PWS and GSBC.2024-2025
Port SorellLift car park, rebuild walls on NW and SE sides, dig out sand bar2024-2025
Coles BayAddition to Freemans Jetty to increase berthing. Concept plan completedDependent on PWS funding available
Statewide on-shore infrastructureSignage and other

 

Small Project Fund

In addition to the projects funded through Infrastructure Plan, MAST will also provide $300 000 per annum to fund smaller projects to up to $50 000 which the public may still apply for under the Small Boating Fund (SBF) and applied criteria. Examples of such projects may include navigation aids, fendering, small walkway, single ramp overlay, re-decking a pine walkway, solar lights etc. The SBF will become an open fund all year round with no specific end date for applications.

Through this process stakeholders may also suggest larger projects to be included in the Infrastructure Plan.

Small Project Fund application forms are available from this website by clicking on the appropriate pdf file below or email admin@mast.tas.gov.au or by phoning MAST on (03) 6235 8888.  These applications can be submitted now for Financial Year 2020-2021.

A full list of projects approved for funding from the latest 2019 RBF round can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate pdf file below. Similarly, a list of all projects funded by MAST and others since 1998 can also be viewed by clicking on the appropriate pdf file below.

If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of a project please contact the Recreational Boating Team at MAST on (03) 6235 8888 or email admin@mast.tas.gov.au