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News
24 Mar 2017
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Comment sought on proposals to improve safety on the water at Geraldton

The introduction of formal water ski areas and the extension of boating prohibited zones to protect swimmers are part of proposed changes to improve boating safety at Geraldton.

The introduction of formal water ski areas and the extension of boating prohibited zones to protect swimmers are part of proposed changes to improve boating safety at Geraldton.

The proposals, released today by the Department of Transport (DoT) for public comment as part of the Geraldton Aquatic Use Review, aim to improve the management of aquatic use in the waters off Geraldton and at Drummond Cove.

DoT's Manager Navigational Safety and Moorings Mark Briant said community comment was now invited in relation to seven proposals developed in consultation with the City of Greater Geraldton and Mid West Ports Authority.

"DoT encourages those who enjoy these waters to participate in the review and provide feedback on the proposals as the comments will be used to prepare a final aquatic use plan for Geraldton and Drummond Cove," Mr Briant said.

Mr Briant said the proposed changes would have many safety benefits and would not limit access as water ski areas are not exclusive use areas.

"All current users of these areas will retain access," Mr Briant said.

Proposed changes include:

  • Creation of a new water ski and parasail area to the north of the Batavia Coast Marina to reduce congestion at Town Beach ski area and provide a location for the safe operation of parasailing vessels.
  • Extension of the existing closed waters to motorised vessel area along Beresford foreshore northward approximately 240 metres to the southern side of the rock groyne to improve safety of swimmers.
  • Extension of the western edge of the closed waters to motorised vessels area approximately 70 metres seaward to improve the safety of swimmers.
  • Increase the size of the current water ski area at Town Beach to reduce congestion.
  • Creation of a new water ski area at Pages Beach to provide an alternative area mostly for personal water craft and dinghies launched locally.
  • Removal of the commercial parasailing area at Greys Beach.
  • Creation of a new water ski area at Drummond Cove.

It's envisaged the outcomes of the review will be gazetted as law and implemented later this year. To participate in the review visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/geraldtonreview

Comments are welcome until 26 May 2017.

Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

22 Mar 2017
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DoT ports in Pilbara prepare as storm approaches

The Department of Transport (DoT) has acted to ensure the safety of vessels at a number of Pilbara ports under its control as a tropical low develops off the coast.

The Department of Transport (DoT) has acted to ensure the safety of vessels at a number of Pilbara ports under its control as a tropical low develops off the coast.

DoT Marine Safety General Manager Ray Buchholz said vessels at Port Walcott, Cape Preston, Barrow Island and Varanus Island had been told to implement their cyclone contingency plans and move to their dedicated cyclone mooring or pen.

"Vessels without these arrangements have been instructed to leave port waters and while the ports are not closed, vessels are not being given access port waters," Mr Buchholz said.

"These actions have been undertaken in close consultation with port operators and DoT continues to work to minimise the impact of the severe weather over the coming days."

Mr Buchholz said weather forecasts would be monitored and once conditions improved vessels would be allowed to enter port waters again.

He said operators could contact the DoT Harbour Master to discuss any safety or operational concerns.

Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

17 Mar 2017
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Dredging starts at Lancelin

Maintenance dredging has commenced to restore navigation channels at Lancelin with the sand removed to be used to restore beaches.

Maintenance dredging has commenced to restore navigation channels at Lancelin with the sand removed to be used to restore beaches.

Department of Transport (DoT) Coastal Infrastructure General Manager Steve Jenkins said maintenance dredging, last completed in 2009, would restore depths and ensure safe navigation and access to the jetty at Lancelin.

"The $500,000 project will be undertaken over the next three months and see some of the dredged material placed on Grace Darling Beach, widening the coastline and enhancing the enjoyment of the area," Mr Jenkins said.

It's estimated 24,000 cubic metres of sand will be dredged from the channels of which 8,000 cubic metres will be deposited on the beach south of the jetty.

Skippers operating in the area and people accessing the beach should be aware of the special safety arrangements implemented for the dredging and sand replenishment works.

Mr Jenkins said testing had confirmed the dredged material could be deposited on the beach.

"When initially placed on the beach it will be naturally discoloured. However, it will bleach in the sun and not be noticeable after a few weeks," Mr Jenkins said.

For more information about dredging works visit coastal erosion and stability

Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

Alerts
08 Mar 2017
Temporary Notices to Mariners

Temporary Notices to Mariners (TNTM)

Use the links below to view maps displaying all current TNTM in each region of Western Australia.

Please use the following links to view TNTM for each region of Western Australia.

Cancelled, withdrawn and expired TNTM are removed without notice.

Please also see navigational warnings.

08 Dec 2016
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Traffic Infringement Notice scam

There is currently a WA Police Traffic Infringement Notice scam email being circulated.

There is currently a WA Police Traffic Infringement Notice scam email being circulated.

  • The email contains current WA Police logos and may seem legitimate, but it is not!
  • Please do not click on any of the links in the email.

WA Police currently only issues traffic infringements by either handing an on the spot infringement to a person or posting a traffic infringement (either handwritten or camera) to the offender in the mail.

WA Police do not currently issue traffic infringements by email or SMS.

If you are unsure whether an infringement is real, you can visit WA Police website and click on the Infringements tab or call IMO call centre on (08) 9374 4555.

15 Jul 2015
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Telephone scam warning

The Department of Transport (DoT) would like to alert its customers to a potential telecommunications scam.

The Department of Transport (DoT) would like to alert its customers to a potential telecommunications scam where a caller, claiming to be from DoT, asks for insurance/personal details over the phone and may also involve automated calls asking customers to respond to a survey.

Further information relating to identity checks may be found on the DoT website under Verification of proof of identity.

If you think you have received a fraudulent phone call, please alert the Department of Commerce.

 

 

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