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Ramp upgrades a shore thing thanks to funding

The Tasmanian Government and Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) have allocated $130,000 worth of annual recreation boating registration fees for upgrades to the Geilston Bay boat ramp.

Geilston Bay Boat Club commodore Scott Johnston said the club was excited to begin the much-needed work on the aging and heavily used ramp.

“The allocation of these funds will allow us to finally fix and maintain one of the most well-used boat launching spots on the Eastern Shore,” he said.

“We will also be installing a new floating jetty alongside the ramp to help assist users when loading and unloading from the ramp.”

Minister for Transport Eric Abetz said many Tasmanians loved launching their boats in waters around Tasmania and was pleased that MAST had allocated the funds to the Geilston Bay Boat Club.

“For 2024-25 MAST has allocated $950,000 for infrastructure upgrades through its Marine Infrastructure Plan 2023-2026,” he said.

“MAST will continue to work with recreational boaters to ensure the new facilities will be fit for purpose and better suit their needs.

“The provision of recreational boating infrastructure is funded by annual recreational boating registration fees and triennial licence fees.”

Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said the River Derwent was a popular place to wet a line or to go for a sail.

“This boat ramp will be really important for the people of the Eastern Shore whether they are launching tinnies or sail boats as they’ll be able to do so with ease,” she said.

“It’s important that coastal infrastructure is in good order so that boat owners can use it whenever they like.”

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