Trial of autonomous vehicleWestern Australia is leading the way in automated vehicle technology with the staged trial of a driverless and fully electric shuttle bus to take place this year.
Western Australia is leading the way in automated vehicle technology with the staged trial of a driverless and fully electric shuttle bus to take place this year.
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Dredging starts at ExmouthMaintenance dredging has commenced to restore navigation channels and sand to beaches at Exmouth Boat Harbour.
Maintenance dredging has commenced to restore navigation channels and sand to beaches at Exmouth Boat Harbour.
Department of Transport (DoT) Coastal Infrastructure General Manager Steve Jenkins said maintenance dredging, last completed in 2004, would restore depths and ensure safe navigation of the harbour.
“Dredging will also deepen wharf, trawler pen and breakwater areas identified for improvement in the current $18.275 million upgrade of the facility,” Mr Jenkins said.
“This project builds upon the regular sand replenishment works that were undertaken by DoT in October 2015, which saw approximately 12,000 m3 of sand shifted from the beach south of the harbour and placed on Town Beach.
“This $700,000, three month long campaign will see an additional 25,000 m3 of material placed on Town Beach to enhance the beach for the local community to enjoy.”
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 Town Beach it will be naturally discoloured. However, it will bleach in the sun and not noticeable after a few weeks, as in previous campaigns,” Mr Jenkins said.
The facility upgrade work, funded by the State Government through Royalties for Regions, includes an extension to the service wharf, construction of a heavy lift facility and additional moorings. For more information visit the Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade project page.
Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220
If you're the skipper, you're responsible on Australia DaySkippers taking to the water to enjoy tonight’s Australia Day Skyworks need to check their navigation lights and complete a safety check of their vessel before leaving home.
Skippers taking to the water to enjoy tonight's Australia Day Skyworks need to check their navigation lights and complete a safety check of their vessel before leaving home.
Department of Transport (DoT) Marine Officers who will be controlling all on-water activities for the event, say all vessels must have the correct combination of navigation lights for the trip home and recommend life jackets and flares are carried on board.
Skippers also require a Recreational Skipper's Ticket to be in charge of a vessel with a motor of more than 4.5 kilowatts (6HP).
DoT Director of Waterways Safety Management Chris Mather said tonight was the busiest time of the year on the river and skippers planning on attending need to prepare by following DoT's BEST safety checklist guidelines which identify items to be maintained before each trip under the headings boat, equipment, safety equipment and trailer.
Mr Mather said skippers were responsible for the safety of their vessel and passengers at all times and need to be mindful it's an offence to navigate a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
"If possible skippers are also advised to delay their journey home following the event to ease congestion on the river and avoid delays at boat ramps," Mr Mather said.
"Following the skyworks conditions can be particularly hazardous for small craft as traffic on the water is at its peak and we are calling on skippers to delay their trip home by up to an hour.
"Skippers of larger vessels should consider mooring overnight in one of the spectator craft areas and those heading home need to be patient and courteous."
There are special restrictions on Perth Water today including:
- An eight knot speed limit will apply from the Narrows Bridge to Causeway Bridges including all of Perth Water between 3:00 pm and 11:00 pm;
- Perth Water will be closed to all vessels from 4:45 pm to 9:45 pm;
- 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 visit the Restrictions and closures section on the Australia Day Skyworks page.
And for information on the BEST checklist visit the Maintaining your boat page.
Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220
Temporary Notices to Mariners (TNTM)Use the links below to view maps displaying all current TNTM in each region of Western Australia.
Temporary closure: Kelmscott Vehicle Examination CentreCustomers are advised that the Department of Transport Kelmscott Vehicle Examination Centre will be temporarily closed from 4pm Friday 2 October 2015, until further notice.
Customers are advised that the Department of Transport Kelmscott Vehicle Examination Centre will be temporarily closed from 4pm Friday 2 October 2015, until further notice.
Please call 1300 782 713 for all vehicle examination bookings.
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.