A $1 million allocation from the NSW Government’s maritime stimulus funding will enable full delivery of the new boat maintenance facility at Tweed Heads.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the new facility will significantly improve boat maintenance operations at the existing Tweed slipway location.

“With boating activity at an all-time high, this investment in Tweed Heads maritime infrastructure could not be better timed,” Mr Provest said.

“Once completed, this facility will benefit small commercial operators based out of the Tweed, providing an economic boost to this sector of the economy.

“Planning is underway with the concept design and the Review of Environmental Factors for the project on track to be made public for viewing and community comment in August, with a tender to build the new boating infrastructure expected to follow later this year.

“If all goes to plan, construction of the boat maintenance facility could start in in the first half of 2022

The additional $1 million in funding for the project is from the $205 million stimulus investment in maritime infrastructure and safety upgrade projects which will create nearly 1300 jobs across the state, with local projects to be supported by local jobs wherever possible.

In total, the project will receive $2.8 million in funding, with $1.8 million already committed from Transport for NSW’s Boating Now grants program.

“The great thing about this stimulus package is it will not only improve infrastructure such as wharves, breakwaters and amenities but it will also create jobs and assist the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr Provest said.