Better deal for boaties at Stuart Island

STUARTIsland users will soon have improved facilities with an amenities building and a pontoon, jointly funded by the Nambucca Shire Council and NSW Roads and Maritime Services’ Better Boating Program.

The council was successful in securing $49,794 through the grant program in 2013/2014, and will match that amount for the project which will see the old wooden jetty structure replaced by a purpose built pontoon, similar to the structure near the Nambucca Visitor Information Centre.

“We know that Stuart Island receives a lot of use with local recreational boaters launching from there,” mayor Rhonda Hoban said.

“We also believe that an amenities facility is an important addition to this popular recreation spot which sees a range of users including passive recreation like picnicking and fishing.”

Work is scheduled to begin in July, however some minor earthworks have already been carried out to prepare the amenities building site.

Cr Hoban said further improvement work on Stuart Island will be carried out in the near future, with the stabilisation of the river banks and construction of pedestrian paths to the new facilities.

This project is being done in conjunction with an environmental improvement grant for Stuart Island from the Office of Environment and Heritage, for weeding and planting.

Consultation is being carried out with the Nambucca Heads Local Aboriginal Land Council due to the cultural sensitivities and existing cultural uses of Stuart Island.

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