A new slipway facility has been opened at Harwood on the Clarence River.

Member for Page Janelle Saffin this week officially opened the new slipway, saying the Australian Government provided $445,500  to Harwood Slipway Pty Ltd towards construction of the undercover, environmentally compliant abrasive and painting facility that is able to operate continuously around the clock.

“The new all-weather facility is an impressive 31 x 25 metre shed helping to improve productivity and allows work to be conducted in an environmentally sustainable manner,” Ms Saffin said.

“The latest expansion of the slipway facilities at Harwood is an excellent example of sustainable development that will benefit the local community.

“Prior to the construction of the new all-weather facility, abrasive blasting and spray painting were done with no external cover, meaning workers were at the mercy of weather conditions and could only work during daylight hours.”

Harwood Slipway is a well regarded local business and has been established in the Clarence River delta for around 40 years.

The upgrade will help to attract and accept further international and national ship contracts.

“A number of employment opportunities will be created for the local community within the area by working at the new facility,” Ms Saffin said.

Ms Saffin congratulated the local community, especially Ross Roberts, Director of the Slipway, for working together to make the Harwood Slipway happen and improving employment opportunities for the local community.