Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has opened a new floating jetty at Wyangala Dam which will enable boat users to tie up vessels regardless of the water level.

“This is such a beautiful area and I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than on a boat on Wyangala Dam,” she said.

“This new 100-metre floating jetty rises and falls with the water and so remains useable regardless of how full the dam is, which means that boat users can enjoy this wonderful location as often as they like,” she added.

Ms Cooke said the NSW Government provided $75,850 towards a $90,150 project to improve access to the popular waterway, managed by Reflections Holiday Parks, part of the NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust.

“A floating jetty was considered to be the most suitable access to the waterway, which can vary considerably depending on the water levels.

“This will make boat launching and retrieval more enjoyable by allowing safer and faster access for boaties regardless of the changing water level of the dam.

Ms Cooke said the $70 million NSW Boating Now program provides support to initiatives which enhance the boating experience in NSW, including the delivery of recreational boating infrastructure across NSW waterways.

“These projects are providing boaties with better and safer access to our waterways with upgrades and new infrastructure such as boat ramps, jetties, pontoons, car parks and sewage pump out facilities.”

For more information on maritime infrastructure funding, visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/boatingnow