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Coalition Government announces Half Moon Bay catwalk to be rebuilt

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October 02, 2014

• Minister announces $236,000 for reconstruction of Half Moon Bay catwalk after storm damage
• A further $276,000 was announced for a boat ramp upgrade at Half Moon Bay earlier this year
• Napthine Government building better infrastructure for boaters across Victoria
A further $236,000 will be invested to reconstruct the Half Moon Bay catwalk after storm damage earlier this year, Minister for Ports David Hodgett announced today.   
Mr Hodgett was at the site today with Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson and Bayside City Council Mayor Laurence Evans to mark the funding announcement, which compliments the $276,000 boat ramp upgrade announced earlier in the year. 
“Today’s announcement is the first for this year’s round of Boating Safety and Facilities Program which includes over 50 grants for local councils and waterway managers in the areas of boating infrastructure and planning, search and rescue and aids to navigation,” Mr Hodgett said.  
“The Half Moon Bay boating facilities have experienced storm damage in recent months and are currently closed to ensure the safety of recreational boaters and visitors. 
“That’s why I’m delighted to be providing $236,000 to Bayside City Council to reconstruct the Half Moon Bay catwalk and ensure it can be used safely by boats at both launching and retrieval stages.
"I’m proud to say that over the past four years the Victorian Coalition Government has invested over $40 million in total on around 250 recreational boating projects to address safety and improve accessibility across the State’s waterways. 
“Through initiatives like the Boating Safety and Facilities Program, the Victorian Government is working with industry to promote recreational boating and support a broad range of projects that will make a real difference to local boating communities,” Mr Hodgett said. 
Mr Thompson said the works will complement the upgrade to the boat ramp announced earlier this year. 
“I was here earlier this year to announce a $276,000 grant to fully renew this facility the boat ramp here at the Half Moon Bay,” Mr Thompson said. 
“I’m delighted that in total the Boating Safety and Facilities Program is providing $512,000 to boost the boating facilities here at Half Moon Bay.”
Bayside City Council Mayor, Laurence Evans welcomed the announcement of the grant.
“The boat launching facilities at Half Moon Bay are an important part of Bayside’s foreshore infrastructure and a valuable community resource,” Cr Evans said.
“We are delighted that the State Government is joining Council in contributing towards its reconstruction.
“With the aid of this grant Council can move forward confidently towards an expected reopening of this facility in May 2015,” Cr Evans said. 
For more information about the Boating Safety and Facilities Program, contact the Grants Administration Team on 1800 337 222, email boating.grants@dtpli.vic.gov.au or visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/grants