Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) has now transitioned to a new funding format with an infrastructure and safety plan to replace the 20-year-old Recreational Boating Fund. The infrastructure plan allows MAST to focus on projects and commence what can be sometimes a lengthy approval process to ensure infrastructure upgrades are “shovel” ready when the funding is available. The plan also allows MAST to allocate funds to specific safety initiatives to make boating safer and more enjoyable for all. The total spend on infrastructure and safety initiatives through the funding is $1.6 million per annum.


The Marine Infrastructure Plan sets the parameters and guidelines for the delivery of new and updated recreational boating facilities and services in Tasmania over the next five years by Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST).

MAST wishes to continue to ensure that funds invested in infrastructure are used efficiently and effectively and that these funds are supplemented, where possible, with additional funds from facility owners. These owners may be local Councils, Hydro Tasmania, Inland Fisheries Service and other organisations who are prepared to offer the public access to their marine facilities.  MAST will also continue to source separate State Government and Commonwealth Funding where available.

It is MAST’s aim to provide the recreational boating public with the best infrastructure possible and to ensure there remains transparency around where registration and licence fees are spent.

The need for a 5-year plan

Over a number of years, the time taken to obtain approvals from the various agencies and councils has increased significantly. As a result, there has been a need to carry forward expenditure from both funding streams (Registration and Licence fees) from one financial year to the next. This creates uncertainty in the delivery of projects.

With the complexities of marine construction, delays are also experienced through a shortage of suitable contractors and adverse weather conditions. Historically the best time for construction is late summer, autumn and very early into winter.  However, with the delays experienced due to the approvals process, this is not always achievable.

The 5-year Marine Infrastructure and Safety Plan enables MAST to define the projects it wishes to undertake over this period, obtain all the necessary approvals and cost estimates and appoint contractors well in advance of the scheduled construction time frame. It also allows for MAST to plan safety initiatives as required in an endeavour to drive the fatality rate in Tasmania towards zero.

The Marine Infrastructure and Safety Plan provides time for MAST to consult with facility owners about proposed improvements.  This, in turn, provides the facility owners with time to budget for contributions towards the improvements.

It is important that flexibility remains within the plan and that it remains under regular review. It may need to be amended if strategic direction changes with infrastructure projects or safety initiatives. It is also important that the plan can be changed to meet the boating publics needs and expectations.

Funding for Larger Projects

Funding is provided through the combination of both the old RBF and Licence Funds, provide $1.3 million annually, depending on registration renewal and licence renewal uptake. This amount may increase over the five-year period if there is an increase in registrations and licences. This funding may also increase with contributions from facility owners.

Proposed Larger Projects

New infrastructure and upgrades to existing infrastructure have been identified through a desk top audit by three experienced MAST staff who have been involved in facilities for a combined period of 58 years at MAST. These staff were involved in an initial audit in 2005.

The projects listed below are in no particular order but will be prioritised post consultation. Cost estimates for the projects will then be prepared and the approvals process can be commenced.

The proposed projects are state-wide and would enhance recreational boating and safety in each location and region.  

As stated previously, flexibility within the Plan may mean that priorities change due to user needs, approval processes and funding availability.

Any changes to this Plan will be communicated to stakeholders.

ProjectCommentsFinancial Year
Design Drawings and ConsultationPort Davey, Apex Point, Pirates Bay, Margate2019-2020
Port DaveyMooring piles at Melaleuca, rebuild Claytons Jetty and ringbolts at Wombat Cove. (With PWS for planning approval).2020-2021
Stanley HarbourBerthing pontoon. Planning approval granted, tenders called. (Working on Budget shortfall).2020-2021
DoverWiden access area, add second ramp lane and rebuild walkway. Waiting on planning approval.2020-2021
Burns BayOverlay boat ramp apron.2021-2022
Apex Point – NubeenaReconfiguration and expansion to ramp and walkway2021-2022
WeymouthBreakwater repairs2021-2022
Safety and Navigation2021-2022
Little Pine LagoonLaunch area upgrade2022-2023
Pirates BayThird ramp lane and walkway extension.2022-2023
BurnieExtend wave wall and add walkway or pontoon2022-2023
Dodges FerryThird ramp lane and new walkway2022-2023
Safety and Navigation2022-2023
Coles BayExtend Freemans Jetty or additional berths at main jetty2023-2024
Port SorellLift car park level2023-2024
Dru Point – MargateWave attenuator wall2023-2024
Safety and Navigation2023-2024
Clarence Point – Tamar RiverNew walkway or pontoon2024-2025
Prosser RiverReplace walkway with pontoon2024-2025
PenguinLow tide ramp – reconstruct end of boat ramp2024-2025
Safety and Navigation2024-2025
Little SwanportUpgrade carpark2025-2026
Sisters BeachNew walkway2025-2026
Safety and Navigation2025-2026