The NSW Government will provide $100,000 under its COVID-19 stimulus program to develop a scuba diving entry platform at Nelson Bay.
Upper House Member Taylor Martin said the project will enhance Port Stephens’ tourism appeal.
“This funding is great news as it will allow a scuba dive entry platform to be designed and constructed on the western breakwall at Nelson Bay,” Mr Martin said.
“Nelson Bay is a highly popular tourist area with some of the east coast’s best shore dive sites as well as reefs, deep drop offs and a number of historic shipwrecks to explore.
“At the moment access for divers at Nelson Bay marina is difficult as they need to negotiate an uneven surface to reach the water while loaded up with their scuba gear which creates safety concerns.”
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands will manage the upgrade project in consultation with Port Stephens Council, the local dive industry, operators of the Nelson Bay Marina and Transport for NSW’s Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office (MIDO).
The new entry platform will provide a safe and unimpeded access point for divers which will make diving easier and support the area’s appeal as a diving destination.
It is also expected funding will be used to upgrade missing sections of the walkway along the western breakwall to provide improved access for people with disabilities so they can better enjoy the stunning local views.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the $100,000 COVID-19 stimulus funding is part of a $39.1 million package of Spring funding that was being applied to regional infrastructure projects across the State.
“The COVID-19 stimulus program is working to enhance important community and recreational infrastructure across the State, including in Port Stephens, while supporting regional jobs, tourism and local economies.,” Minister Pavey said.