NEW CHINDERAH PONTOON ON TWEED RIVER OFFICIALLY OPENED

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and the Mayor of Tweed Councillor Gary Bagnall today officially opened the new Chinderah Pontoon on the Tweed River.

Mr Provest said river access to Chinderah was important for local and visiting boaters.

“Tweed River is one of the most popular waterways in NSW due to its proximity to south-east Queensland, warm climate and suitability as a holiday destination,” Mr Provest said.

“The new pontoon near the southern end of Chinderah Bay Drive will give boaters better access to Chinderah village, while providing fishers and other community members improved facilities on the foreshore.”

The pontoon is 30 metres long and three metres wide, and is connected to the shore by a 17.5 metre gangway.

Installation of the new boating infrastructure was completed in May and included building a new pathway to the pontoon, as well as associated landscaping.

Mr Provest said the pontoon was delivered through a partnership of the NSW Government, Tweed Shire Council and the Chinderah community.

“The NSW Government provided $120,000 for the new facility through the Better Boating Program, which delivers recreational boating infrastructure improvements across the state,” he said.

Tweed Shire Council also contributed $120,000 and managed the delivery of the project.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Gary Bagnall said: “The Tweed River is one of our shire’s greatest environmental and recreational assets and this new pontoon is an excellent addition to our river infrastructure.

“With the surrounding mangroves and sea grass beds, it is important to take care when using this particular pontoon.

“I know the people of the Tweed Shire will enjoy this new asset and that it will further enhance their experience of our wonderful river.”

In August 2014, the NSW government announced a further $14 million in annual funding to be allocated for the next five years as part of the new NSW Boating Now program, which replaces the Better Boating Program.

Revenue is raised from boat registration and licence fees to fund the Program for improvements to public wharves and jetties, boat ramps, car/trailer parking, sewage pump-out facilities, dinghy storage and boating improvement studies.

For more information on the NSW Boating Now program visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/key-build-program/better-boating-program/index.html