Swansea Boat Ramp launches boatloads of benefits

Media Release

DC425/2017

14 December 2017

Joint release with:

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

  • Swansea Boat Ramp's $1.3 million redevelopment now complete
  • New double lane boat ramp, jetty, extended to the lower landing jetty
  • Lower East Coast Marine Infrastructure project delivers increased safety and efficiency

Fishers and boating enthusiasts on Tasmania's East Coast welcomed the completion of the Swansea Boat Ramp redevelopment at Triabunna today after a $1.3 million upgrade.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the boat ramp redevelopment was the final phase of the $1.55 million Lower East Coast Marine Infrastructure project.

“This project will help improve safety and access to the water for fishers and boost recreational fishing and tourism in the area,” Mr Chester said.

“This investment will boost economic growth in the region for many decades to come and that will help create more jobs.”

Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam joined the community for the official opening today and said the project will improve marina safety, particularly during launch or arrivals and night navigation.

“The opportunity is there to redevelop waterfront real estate which will attract boat suppliers and water sport businesses such as kayaking, scuba diving and water skiing. This will build on existing fishing and tourism operations, such as the locally caught fish and chips,” Senator Duniam said.

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the Swansea Boat Ramp works included a new double lane boat ramp, jetty, extension to the lower landing jetty, and installation of a breakwater wave deflection screen.

“This infrastructure provides all tide access for not only commercial fishermen, but also a large number of recreational anglers, making Triabunna the place to be when you plan your next fishing adventure,” Mr Hidding said.

The Lower East Coast Marine Infrastructure project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($850,000) with the Tasmanian Government contributing to the Swansea Boat Ramp component ($700,000).