Watercraft and boating enthusiasts are enjoying the benefits of a new pontoon at Corcoran Park following a boost of funds from the NSW Government’s Boating Now Program.
Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said the project, which involved the construction of a pontoon at the northern end of Corcoran Park, would ensure all water users had safer and quicker access to the Clarence River.
“The new $238,081 project was made possible through the NSW Government’s Boating Now Program, in partnership with Clarence Valley Council,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The project maximises the usage of the river for a broad range of different aquatic activities as well as school groups who utilise the park for fishing.
“Importantly, this project has delivered improved accessibility for people with mobility issues by building connecting pathways to enable much safer and improved access to the water’s edge and the pontoon.”
Mr Gulaptis said Corcoran Park is extensively used by disability and aged care providers who take their clients to the river for fishing and relaxation, and this new structure and connecting pathways has opened up this area for all to enjoy.
“This is a great addition to the park which is a favourite for locals and tourists who use the reserve for family gatherings due to the supporting infrastructure of shade shelters, barbeques, picnic settings and seating options,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Clarence Valley Council Mayor Ian Tiley said the facility was another valuable recreational feature for the local community.
“Many aquatic user groups are based at Corcoran Park and this waterfront public asset will encourage greater use of the mighty Clarence River for outdoor recreation activities including swimming, fishing, boating, yachts, sail boats, kayaks, canoes and dragon boats,” Mayor Tiley said.
“This structure will be well utilised by these groups and has the potential to increase their participation numbers. The new structure will also increase efficiency, allowing more people access to the river, quickly and safely.
“I would like to thank the NSW Government for its funding and assistance with this project.”
The project was constructed by Superior Jetties with the assistance of local contractors including McNamara Cooksley & Associates and Dougherty Constructions.
The Boating Now Program, now in its fourth round, has invested in about 330 projects since it began in 2014, providing funding to improve maritime infrastructure and facilities across NSW.