The Boating Industry Association of Victoria said it is “delighted” with the Victorian state government’s 2019-20 budget for boating. It earmarks $32.7 million (A$47.2 million) for boating infrastructure and other benefits for boaters.
“The government has delivered an unprecedented level of investment,” said Steve Walker, CEO of BIAV, in a statement. “A A$39.6 million (US$27.3) investment targeting much-needed boating infrastructure improvements is coupled with a A$7.6 million (US$ 5.26 million) investment to abolish statewide boat ramp fees and review boating infrastructure management on our bays.”
Walker added that the “once-in-a-generation investment “will provide access, infrastructure, management and maintenance improvements. “The boating industry will rejoice at this investment announcement and the future industry growth it will deliver,” he added.
The association said it will work with the state parliament to ensure that marine fees paid by boaters are placed back into boating projects. "The money is now there, and the BIAV will continue our work with Better Boating Victoria to deliver better boating outcomes for all Victorians,” Walker said.
The marine industry in Victoria contributes $4.5 billion to the state economy and employs more than 17,700 full-time workers, according to the association.