RECREATIONAL boaters in the Eurobodalla have the opportunity to have their say on the future of boating in the region by taking part in an online survey.
The state government has begun community consultation to identify projects and priorities for the coming years to ensure waterways are safe and accessible.
Bega MP Andrew Constance said the government wanted to hear from the people who used waterways the most.
“These include our everyday recreational boaters, members of the maritime industry and anyone else with an interest in local waterways,” Mr Constance said.
“Everyday boaters, local sporting organisations and other local groups will initially be able to have their say by taking part in an online survey.
“All of the feedback we receive will help us produce a draft boating plan for the local region.”
Transport for NSW will lead the consultation process with key stakeholders and user groups across 11 regions, including the Far South Coast.
It will visit each region to talk to the community so people will have another chance to look at and provide feedback to the plans.
“The team will meet relevant local councils and conduct focus groups with peak stakeholder organisations to get an understanding of the key issues in the Eurobodalla,” Mr Constance said.
Marine Rescue Batemans Bay unit commander Michael Syrek said the survey was a great chance for all boat users to voice their views, and urged as many people as possible to take part.
“I don’t think we have ever had something like this before, so here’s an opportunity to get it right,” he said.
The survey for the Far South Coast is available online until Sunday, May 11.
It is expected the regional boating plan will be finalised before next summer’s boating season.
The complete consultation schedule and online surveys for each region are available at transport.nsw.gov.au/engagement/nsw-regional-boating-plans.