Boating projects in Taylors Beach, Tomago and Shoal Bay complete in time for school holiday

The new-look Tomago boat ramp. RMS and Port Stephens Council contributed $250,000 to install an on-ramp pontoon.
The new-look Tomago boat ramp. RMS and Port Stephens Council contributed $250,000 to install an on-ramp pontoon.

Three projects worth $688,000 to upgrade boating facilities in Port Stephens have been completed in time for the spring school holiday.

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington welcomed the news that the projects in Taylors Beach, Tomago and Shoal Bay, jointly funded by NSW Maritime Services and Port Stephens Council, had been completed saying it was important as they “make it safer and easier to access to our beautiful waterways”.

“Port Stephens families, and our visitors, are blessed with an abundance of local waterways and these boating projects are a sensible investment to improve local facilities,” Ms Washington said.

“I hope these projects encourage more families to take the plunge these school holidays and enjoy everything our region has to offer – on and off-shore.

“I thank NSW Maritime and Port Stephens Council for their work progressing these projects.”

The Tomago and Taylors Beach works were part of a $3 million infrastructure overhaul, which was announced by the council in 2015.

The Boating Now program of works has included the upgrading or replacement of boat ramps or wharves at Lemon Tree Passage, Seaham, Salamander, and Karuah in addition to the recently completed Tomago and Taylors Beach wharf and ramp.

The old Taylors Beach wharf. Picture: Port Stephens Council

The old Taylors Beach wharf. Picture: Port Stephens Council

The three projects recently completed include:

Taylors Beach wharf upgrade – $400,000

RMS funding: $250,000, council funding: $150,000

The $400,000 project at Taylors Beach includes a new pontoon and gangway, as well as an upgrade to the existing car park and trailer parking facility.

The existing rock wall was reconstructed, as was the connecting footpath. An aluminium gangway now leads to the floating pontoon. The old wharf was be replaced with a fibre enforced plastic deck.

Installation of on-ramp pontoon at Tomago Boat Ramp – $250,000

RMS funding: $125,000, council funding: $125,000

The $250,000 project at Tomago Boat Ramp will ensure boaters have better access to the Hunter River and Fullerton Cove.

Dinghy slide at Shoal Bay – $38,000

RMS funding: $20,000, council funding: $18,000

The $38,000 dinghy slide at Shoal Bay will allow safe access from the dinghy storage racks located on the elevated reserve to the beach.

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