Project can launch

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley (centre) with Circular Head Boat Club members (from left) Geoff Kay, Joe Murrell, Brian Nibbs and Glenn Matthews at Sunday’s announcement of $7000 towards the club’s refurbishment project at the Smithton marina.

Funding. Circular Head Boat Club has been granted $7000 for upgrades of the Smithton marina precinct.

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley announced the funds on Sunday as part of the ‘Stronger Communities Programme’, which funds small capital projects that deliver social benefits.

Circular Head Boat Club commodore Joe Murrell said the funding would assist in upgrading old jetties where boats are moored.

The site currently has 10 jetties, each approximately 30 years old.

“It’ll do enough for the boats that are there at present,” Mr Murrell said of the figure.

“They’re getting beyond their useful use-by date.”

Mr Murrell said the club was “very grateful” for the grant.

“It’s in-kind money, we’ve got to contribute the same amount in labour.”

The grant will enable ongoing safe berthing of boats, Mr Whiteley added.

“The Circular Head Boat Club promote and run community boating activities to encourage safe boating recreation and family involvement and this project continues that work,” he said.

“Not only does it help the activities of the Boat Club but also contributes to the beautification of the marina.

“Congratulations to the Circular Head Boat Club and I wish them smooth sailing in the delivery of this project.”

The Stronger Communities Programme aims to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

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