Wednesday, 25 August 2021

More than 3,800 square metres of additional Crown waterway has been reserved by the NSW Government to support the $2.5 million upgrade of boating facilities at Scotland Island.

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said the project will improve access to the island for residents and visitors post the current lockdown.

“Scotland Island is a unique community that’s only accessible by water, which means that quality boat facilities are essential to help residents come and go,” Mr Stokes said.

“This $2.5 million investment for improving boat berthing facilities is being jointly funded by the NSW Government and Northern Beaches Council and will be welcomed by those who use the waterway for their daily transport requirements.”

The NSW Government has reserved 1,892 square metres of additional Crown waterway at Bells Wharf and 1,971 square metres of waterway at Carols Wharf to accommodate the upgrade.

The project includes 32 moorings at Bells Wharf and Carols Wharf, boat tie-up facilities, new ferry shelters, a wider ferry boarding area and improved access for commuters, including people with disabilities.

Northern Beaches Council is the proponent for the wharfs’ upgrade and CEO Ray Brownlee said it would provide much-needed infrastructure to a community that relies on the wharves.

“This is a great project that will provide safer access to public transport and provide additional facilities for private commuter and recreational boating,” Mr Brownlee said.

“We began work on the project in December 2020 and hope to have it completed by February 2022, weather permitting.”