The new Tench Reserve Boat Ramp has officially opened, set to improve congestion and safety both in and around the Nepean River.
Jointly funded by the Federal Government, State Government and Penrith Council, the $6.7 million project was first announced back in 2016.
Western Sydney Senator Marise Payne, Penrith MP Stuart Ayres, Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler and Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh were on hand at an official ribbon cutting event this morning.
“Back in 2016 I was delighted to stand here with the Senator and the former Member for Lindsay to announce the government’s commitment to upgrading these facilities at Tench Reserve,” Cr Fowler said.
“When the seat of Lindsay changed hands, Senator Marise Payne worked tirelessly to ensure that the people of Penrith received funding so these upgrades could be realised.
“This project has been an outstanding example of collaboration between all levels of government.”
The upgrade includes a new three lane boat ramp, 34 boat trailer parking bays, new access roads and 10 extra vehicle parking bays. New jetties, footpaths, stairs, balustrades, and lighting are also featured.
“It is exactly the sort of development that our community and this river absolutely deserves,” Senator Payne said.
“This is going to become a real focal point for river-based activities for people who love their boats and the water, who love the Nepean as much as we do and I’m very proud that the Commonwealth Government has had the opportunity to play some role in that.”
With a new restaurant precinct, Yhandi footbridge and Emu Hall upgrade, the boat ramp is the next puzzle piece in improving the Nepean River experience.
“We all know just how important the Nepean River is to this community,” Mr Ayres said.
“We love our water in Penrith, we love what the river is able to do, our ability to get out and enjoy nature and the community and bring families together.
“This isn’t just a piece of equipment and asset that our community will fall in love with but it’s an asset and a piece of infrastructure that we will use every day.”
Meanwhile, Cr Fowler said an announcement regarding the next major upgrade of Regatta Park is coming soon.
A graduate of Western Sydney University, Nicola Barton is a news journalist with the Western Weekender, primarily covering crime and politics.