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An agreement has been reached to share the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Legacy Marina and give access to recreational water facilities while making use of an important harbour site.
Under the agreement, the NSW Maritime-owned marina in Rushcutters Bay will be shared by Sailability NSW and the Royal Australian Naval Sailing Association (RANSA) to advance community access to the sport of sailing, particularly among the disabled.
Sailability NSW promotes on-water activity for the disabled and RANSA promotes sailing and the art of seamanship in the Royal Australian Navy.
NSW Maritime has also given a commitment to undertake $60,000 in repair works on the marina, which will take place over the next couple of months to ensure the two groups have the best access to the facility.
The Legacy Marina was built in 1998 and named by the NSW Government as a legacy to the sport of sailing following the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
It comprises 10 floating pontoon berths and a hard stand capable of storing 22 boats. The hard stand is serviced by two of the largest cranes of their type on Sydney Harbour.
Both RANSA and Sailability welcomed the commitment of NSW Maritime to restore the marina and hard stand.
“We look forward to establishing a world-class facility for sailors with disabilities at the site,” Sailability NSW President Grahame Rayner said.