An Illawarra project has been approved to share $17 million in funding under Round Two of the New South Wales Government’s Boating Now Program.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP announced today that $31,050 funding would deliver new pontoons at a key access point in Wollongong.

“In New South Wales, we have some of the finest waterways in the country. Each year, more than two million people head out on the water on boats or other watercraft to enjoy the sun, catch a few fish or to spend time with family and friends,” Mr Ward said.

“The New South Wales Government is delivering these projects in the Illawarra by the end of 2019 in partnership with local councils and other partners, to make water activities safer, more easily accessible and more enjoyable.

“Boating Now is a $70 million, five-year program, on top of a $26 million contribution by local councils and other delivery partners to deliver vital boating infrastructure across the state.

In the Illawarra, funding will be provided to construct a floating pontoon walkway in Wollongong Harbour, providing harbour access for the Wollongong Yacht Club and for short-term yacht berths.

Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey said this was the second round of funding under the Boating Now Program, with the project in the Illawarra among seventy-three other successful applications across the state.

“Boating is a key driver of tourism, right up and down the coast and at popular inland waterways, which is where many of the new seventy-three projects are located,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The Program also supports the new Maritime Safety Plan by improving safe access to waterways.”

Applicants that missed out under Round Two of the program can re-apply under Round Three of the Boating Now Program funding in 2018.