Jetty funds promised by Labor

THE SEAFOOD industry and recreational water users could benefit from new jetties, wharves and boat ramps under a Labor election promise.

Franklin Labor MHA David O'Byrne yesterday announced $6 million for marine infrastructure if Labor was re-elected.

"Jetties, wharves and boat ramps are critical to Tasmania's marine infrastructure and represent a fundamental part of community life in Tasmania's coastal towns," Mr O'Bryne said.

The funding would cover replacement jetties at Bridport, Woodbridge, Cygnet, Gordon and Port Arthur.

It also included the promised $2.4 million to replace the St Helens wharf, which is home to more than 20 fishing vessels.

Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council chief executive Neil Stump said ageing marine infrastructure was costing the seafood industry.

"It doesn't allow people to operate the way they should," Mr Stump said.

Navigational aids would also see a $75,000 funding increase per year.

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