Wharf work is a blessing for local boaties

TWEED boat captain Stuart Giblin says a revamp of the Tumbulgum wharf was long overdue.

Run down and in dire need of repair, the wharf received a $45,000 facelift thanks to funding from the Federal Government.

Mr Giblin, of Tweed Endeavour Cruises, said the wharf had deteriorated over time through heavy use and the January 2008 floods hit it hard.

“The old one was so damaged we actually had to come down here ourselves to secure it so we could keep coming here,” Mr Giblin said.

“It is a lot better and this one is longer as well. Smaller boats can get in around the back now.”

“I am all for it, it is a good wharf and it works well for us.”

Tweed Shire Council constructed the Faith Bandler Park wharf along with a $51,000 upgrade to pontoons in the Tweed Heads South area.

Those upgrades included the replacement of a floating pontoon attached to Foysters Jetty and a new pontoon on the timber jetty at the Dry Dock Road Boat Ramp.

Tweed Duty MLC Amanda Fazio said the improvements were made possible with the help of New South Wales Maritime Grants totalling nearly $50,000.

“The construction of the wharf at Faith Bandler Park and the upgrade for the pontoons in the Tweed Heads South area are sure to be welcomed by the local boating communities,” Ms Fazio said.

“NSW has a growing recreational boating population with an estimated 1.5 million people enjoying our waterways every year.

“Growth in powerboat licence and boat registration numbers continues at around three to four per cent and it is important facilities are in place to provide people with safe and convenient access where appropriate.”

NSW Maritime Better Boating Program grants are given state-wide to a range of organisations, including councils, community groups and boating clubs.

This year the North Coast region has benefited from NSW Maritime grants totalling more than $730,000.

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