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Rescuing our waterways

The Rescuing our Waterways program, part of the NSW Coastal Dredging Strategy, provides a coordinated approach to improve accessibility to our waterways.

Rescuing our Waterways will deliver enhanced recreational boating access and continued viability for commercial vessel operators and their support industries, while providing flow on benefits for tourism and local economies.

Who can apply?

Coastal Councils can apply and will be required to make a financial contribution of at least 50% of project costs and be responsible to develop and manage their projects.

What will be funded?

Eligible projects are expected to enable navigational benefits and promote economic growth and productivity. Dredging projects that may be subsidised under this program include:

  • navigation for a range of vessels (recreational, tourism and commercial)
  • access to public waterway infrastructure such as boat ramps and wharves
  • dredging strategies and/or their supporting studies (e.g. sediment hydrodynamics)
  • pre-dredge activities for projects which are eligible and likely to proceed to dredging for vessel navigation.

How much is available?

  • the program will run over 4 years (2017/18 – 2020/21) with up to $6 million available
  • funding of up to $1.5 million is available for projects in 2017/18
  • funding of up to 50% of a project’s costs will normally be offered for successful grant applicants.



Lodge your application by 5pm, Friday 23 June 2017.


More information

For further information or assistance in preparing an application please contact the Department of Industry – Lands on (02) 6591 3564 or