Karuah boat ramp and Tea Gardens ferry facility upgrades announced

The state election campaign has gifted the Port’s maritime services a boost this week, with Karuah boat ramp and Tea Gardens ferry facility the latest to receive funds by the Liberal government.

Work on the Karuah project would get under way later this month to replace the existing timber wharf through a $240,500 Boating Now grant.

Jaimie Abbott

Jaimie Abbott

Liberal candidate for Port Stephens Jaimie Abbott, who joined Duty MLC Catherine Cusack at the announcement on Thursday, said that the project would involve replacing the timber wharf at Karuah with a floating pontoon to improve the accessibility and usability of the ramp.

“The work will include the removal of rock to accommodate the gangway and pontoon,” Ms Abbott said.

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

Catherine Cusack

Catherine Cusack

At Tea Gardens, the government would fund a $176,000 upgrade of the ferry facility, including the resurfacing of the wharf surface and building a new waiting shelter to provide all-weather protection for passengers .

“Work on the new shelter which started earlier this month is due to be completed in coming weeks.”

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

Boating Now is the 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.