Improved maritime infrastructure for Tea Gardens and Karuah

7 February 2019

Passengers using the Port Stephens Ferry Service will soon have all weather access to the Tea Gardens East ferry stop, with the completion of a Berejiklian Government funded project.

Duty MLC, Catherine Cusack today visited the site and said the $176,000 project involved resurfacing the existing wharf surface and building a new waiting shelter to provide protection from the weather for passengers while waiting for a ferry.

“Customers will soon be better protected from the elements, enhancing the overall boating experience for locals and visitors alike,” Ms Cusack said.

Liberal Candidate for Port Stephens, Jaimie Abbott joined Ms Cusack at the inspection and congratulated the local community and MidCoast Council on their successful application.

“Work on the new shelter started earlier this month and is due to be completed in coming weeks. This follows a previous upgrade to resurface the facility, which was completed in April 2016,” Ms Abbott said.

“The Berejiklian Government provided $120,000 towards the project under the Boating Now program.

Ms Abbott said work on a second maritime infrastructure project in the area will get under way later this month to replace the existing timber wharf at the Karuah boat ramp with a 100 per cent funded $240,500 Boating Now grant.

“The project will involve replacing the timber wharf at Karuah with a floating pontoon that will link to the existing pontoon to improve the accessibility and usability of the ramp,” Ms Abbott said.

“The work will include the removal of rock to accommodate the gangway and pontoon.

“An earlier project at the same location at Karuah to extend the boat ramp manoeuvring area, and to upgrade and extend the existing car park, and improve pedestrian access to existing pontoons and to reconfigure the pontoons for improved safety was completed in August 2017.

“The NSW Government contributed $419,020 to the total $657,123 project cost, managed by Port Stephens Council.

“Boating Now is the NSW Government’s $70 million program to support initiatives which improve the boating experience in NSW, including the delivery of recreational boating infrastructure across our waterways.

“Combined with contributions of more than $27 million from councils and industry these projects provide boaties with better and safer access to our waterways with upgrades and new infrastructure such as boat ramps, jetties, pontoons, car parks and sewage pump-out facilities.”

Ms Abbott said the ferry passengers previously had to rely on umbrellas while waiting for a ferry at the wharf.

“The Berejiklian Government is thrilled to be able to be provide the people of the Port Stephens with improved infrastructure to ensure it is easier to travel around the local area.

“I would like to congratulate both Port Stephens and MidCoast council on their applications.”

Since 2013, 19 recreational boating infrastructure projects totalling $2.6 million in funding have been completed in the Port Stephens electorate under the NSW Government’s Better Boating and the Boating Now programs, including:

  • Installation of a new pontoon at Tea Gardens
  • Lemon Tree Passage Aquatic Infrastructure Upgrade, Port Stephens
  • Taylors Beach Wharf Replacement, Port Stephens
  • Seaham Boat Ramp Upgrade, Williams River.

Information on maritime infrastructure funding and previous projects can be found on the Boating Now webpage.

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