Be safe - do the BEST check this Australia DaySkippers planning on taking in this year's Australia Day Skyworks from the water need to complete a full safety check of their vessel before leaving home.
Skippers planning on taking in this year's Australia Day Skyworks from the water need to complete a full safety check of their vessel before leaving home.
Department of Transport (DoT) Director of Waterways Safety Management Chris Mather said safety should be given top priority in the preparations for the event which attracts tens of thousands of vessels to the Swan Canning Riverpark.
"It's the busiest time of the year on the river and skippers planning on attending need to prepare by following DoT's BEST safety guidelines which identify items to be maintained before each trip under the headings boat, equipment, safety equipment and trailer," Mr Mather said.
"It is vital all vessels have the correct combination of navigation lights for the trip home and while not compulsory, it is recommended that lifejackets and flares are carried on board."
Mr Mather said that skippers were responsible for their passengers at all times and should be familiar with the restrictions and closures and aware of all possible dangers.
"That includes dangers associated with heavily populated mooring areas and overloaded vessels. Swimming from vessels is not allowed in the spectator vessel holding areas as the propellers of passing vessels pose a significant threat to safety," Mr Mather said.
"Given the high volume and density of vessel traffic and the close proximity of anchoring, DoT will not be permitting commercial operators to facilitate raft ups on Perth Water on the day."
Mr Mather advised that the vessel holding areas would be available the day before and urged skippers to secure a spot early.
All skippers require a Recreational Skipper's Ticket to be in charge of a vessel with a motor of more than 4.5 kilowatts (6HP) and will be required to navigate several exclusion zones, implemented around barges, on the river in the days prior and on the day of the event.
There are also special restrictions on Perth Water on Australia Day. Restrictions include:
- An 8 knot speed limit will apply from the Narrows to Causeway bridges including all of Perth Water between pm and pm;
- Elizabeth Quay will be closed to all vessels from noon until am January 27, 2017;
- Perth Water will be closed to all vessels from pm to pm;
- There will be a 300 metre exclusion zone around the fireworks barges and pontoons from pm January 25, 2017 until am January 27, 2017;
- Swimming will be prohibited from pm until sunrise January 27, 2017;
- Heirisson Island Cove will be closed to all vessels;
- Vessels are only to anchor or moor in the spectator vessel holding areas; and,
- The Narrows Bridge main navigation channel (centre arch only) is to be used by all vessels.
The Belmont ski area will be closed from 3:00 pm to accommodate an increase in river traffic from the Maylands and Goodwood Parade boat ramps.
Skippers are also reminded that after dark the open speed limit on the Swan Canning Riverpark is restricted to 10 knots.
While it is not a requirement for all vessels to be fitted with a radio, boats fitted with one are asked to monitor 27.88 MHz or VHF 9 and 16 (call sign is 'Marine Command').These frequencies are for any on water information or instructions relating to the event. A message will be broadcast on these channels detailing closures and reopening of Perth Water. DoT Marine Officers will also be on hand to advise uncertain members of the boating public.
DoT's free Australia Day Skyworks River Closures and Restrictions booklet provides vital navigation information and safety advice.
- For a copy of the booklet go to www.transport.wa.gov.au/australiaday
- And for information on the BEST checklist www.transport.wa.gov.au/best
Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220
Signing up for a DoTDirect account just got easierIt's quicker and easier for Department of Transport (DoT) customers to sign up for a DoTDirect account with customers now able to create an online account immediately and without waiting for a registration code to be issued in the mail.
It's quicker and easier for Department of Transport (DoT) customers to sign up for a DoTDirect account with customers now able to create an online account immediately and without waiting for a registration code to be issued in the mail.
DoT's Director General, Richard Sellers said that upon meeting necessary proof of identity requirements, customers are now able to get onto the DoT website to create a DoTDirect account immediately, allowing customers to manage information relating to their licence, vehicle, boat and trailer online.
"It makes transacting with the DoT a lot easier because all the necessary information is available in the one place, whether you want to pay an account or check your licence status," said Mr Sellers.
DoTDirect is a suite of applications and tools that allows you to do the following transactions in the one place:
- Change address.
- Vehicle licence check and payment.
- Driver's licence check and payment.
- Boat registration check and payment.
- Transfer a vehicle.
- Demerit point check.
- Purchase an auxiliary plate.
"One of the benefits in having a DoTDirect account is that you don't need to remember your account number or have your renewal with you to pay your account – it also removes the chance of accidently paying someone else's account by entering the wrong numbers.
"Another enhancement made to the DoTDirect account is a new payment trolley for customers, allowing more than one account to be paid in one transaction," said Mr Sellers.
DoT is committed to providing customer-centric services and solutions and will continue to transform the way in which it delivers its services, providing customers with more choice and greater convenience.
To find out more about signing up for a DoTDirect account please visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/dotdirect
- To register for a DoTDirect account, all you need is your driver's licence and vehicle details
- Customers can request a registration code to be mailed in the post if they do not own a vehicle or do not have the required details
Media contact: Joanna Hynes 0412 027 383
Grants to improve cycling facilitiesThe Liberal National Government is continuing its commitment to improving Western Australia's cycling network with $4.1 million granted to 43 projects across 37 local governments, as part of the Department of Transport's 2017-18 grants program.
The Liberal National Government is continuing its commitment to improving Western Australia's cycling network with $4.1 million granted to 43 projects across 37 local governments, as part of the Department of Transport's 2017-18 grants program.
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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.
- Great Southern.
- Mid West.
- South West.
- Swan and Canning Rivers.
Cancelled, withdrawn and expired TNTM are removed without notice.
Please also see navigational warnings.
Traffic Infringement Notice scamThere 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.
Telephone scam warningThe 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.