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2021-22 Recreational Boating Structural Maintenance Program

Improving the boating experience for all Victorians includes having well maintained – and reliable access to – public boating facilities. That’s why we’re investing from the $33m Better Boating Fund into the 2021-22 Recreational Boating Structural Maintenance Program (RBSMP).

This year’s round of the RBSMP will fund 13 grant projects worth more than $1.74 million. The project announcements were made by the Minister for Fishing and Boating at an event held on the Gippsland Lakes on 1 June 2022.

The RBSMP allocated grant funding to eligible organisations for structural maintenance projects to ensure that our Victorian public boating facilities continue to remain accessible and safe for the purposes of boat launching and retrieval.

The RBSMP was launched in February with grant applications open over a five-week period. Eligible organisations to apply for funding included committees of management and local waterway authorities as well as local and state government departments and agencies.

Projects funded through the 2021-22 RBMSP were:

Mansfield Shire Council Lake Eildon priority boat ramps refurbishment works  $74,000
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water Lake Fyans Marina boat ramp resurfacing and safety works $84,000
Gannawarra Shire Council Kangaroo Lake jetty replacement $240,000
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority Sapling Creek boat ramp floating pontoon $103,400
The Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board Rocky Valley Dam boat ramp upgrade $116,000
Gippsland Ports Marlo Jetty low landing upgrade $9,600
Gippsland Ports Raymond Island/Steamer Landing jetty maintenance $22,400
Gippsland Ports Rutters Jetty upgrade (Port Albert) $16,000
Campaspe Shire Victoria Park boat ramp upgrade (Stage 2) $270,774
East Gippsland Shire Council Shaving Point boat ramp upgrade (Metung) $577,693
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Rye boat ramp west jetty repairs $98,440
City of Greater Geelong Ocean Grove boat ramp northern jetty refurbishment $120,000
Tooradin Foreshore Committee of Management Tooradin boat ramp floating jetty repairs $10,905

Eligible organisations to apply for funding included committees of management and local waterway authorities as well as local and state government departments and agencies.

A Funding Advisory Panel consisting of cross agency groups and industry stakeholders assessed the grant applications received against the funding assessment criteria.

The panel provided input into grant allocation decisions that were then recommended to the Minister for Fishing and Boating.

Up to 80% of the costs of a project could be applied for, with the applicant required to make a 20% contribution (unless otherwise approved by the Funding Advisory Panel).

Funding contributions from the applicant can include project management, committed funds from other government agencies or sources, and in-kind contributions which can be substantiated.

It’s important to note that the RBSMP only supported projects that provide public access to the boating facility.

The RBSMP funding guidelines can be accessed here.


Further Information Required?

Find further information below or please contact the team at Better Boating Victoria via email – [email protected]

What is the Recreational Boating Structural Maintenance Program?

The RBSMP allocated grant funding to eligible organisations in order to undertake structural maintenance and asset replacement activities at publicly accessible Victorian boating facilities.

Which organisations were eligible for grant funding from the program?

Eligible organisations include committees of management and local waterway authorities as well as local and state government departments and agencies.

How much funding was made available in grants?

On 1 June 2022, the Minister for Fishing and Boating announced that 13 projects had been funded under the RBSMP worth a total of $1,743,212.

How were applications assessed?

A Funding Advisory Panel consisting of cross agency groups and industry stakeholders wassessed the grant applications received against the funding assessment criteria. The panel provided input into grant allocation decisions that were then recommended to the Minister for Fishing and Boating.

How can industry stakeholders and the boating public be guaranteed that they are getting the best value for money from the allocated grants?

The public can be assured that the RBSMP delivers value. Grants are awarded to applicants who can demonstrate there is a need for the funding and that they have tested the market for quality and price. It is also important that the applicant has shown they have met appropriate project and program planning criteria when applying for funding.

What is Better Boating Victoria’s role in administering the RBSMP?

BBV is a branch of the Victorian Fisheries Authority and is experienced in managing grant funding programs, such as the recent Recreational Boating Access and Dredging Program and the Boating Safety and Facilities Program. The Minister for Fishing and Boating is responsible for approving all funding allocations from the RBSMP.

For more information, click here to view the program guidelines.

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