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31 Oct 2014
Temporary Notices to Mariners

Navigation warning – The Cut

Skippers navigating The Cut at Bunbury for the first time this season have been urged to do so with extreme care.

Skippers navigating The Cut at Bunbury for the first time this season have been urged to do so with extreme care.

The Department of Transport (DoT) today warned skippers that due to sandbars and reduced water depths in the area, extreme caution was still required.

Skippers are advised to consult the current navigation warning for the location before heading out in their vessel ( www.transport.wa.gov.au/tntm). DoT has also sent the 13,000 registered recreational boat owners in Bunbury advice on launch sites and a copy of the latest local boating guide.

There are no laws prohibiting vessels using The Cut. However, it was not designed as a navigation channel and conditions can be extremely hazardous.

DoT Project Manager James Holder said interim repairs undertaken prior to winter had successfully protected the structure from further costly damage during recent storm events.

Surplus rock excavated from the site of the new Augusta Boat Harbour at Flinders Bay was used to reinforce the damaged rock wall on the north side of The Cut to protect the channel and adjacent beach from further damage over winter.

“Any additional sand infill to the waterway would have had potential environmental and boating safety consequences, adding to the cost of returning the waterway to full operation,” Mr Holder said.

Mr Holder said DoT continued to work with the various authorities to investigate long term management options for The Cut.

“A working group including representatives of the City of Bunbury, Shires of Harvey and Dardanup and various State Government stakeholders recently reviewed independent technical advice about long term repair options and discussions would continue to determine a way forward, ” Mr Holder said.

Constructed in the 1950s to support the development of the Bunbury Port, The Cut provides an essential ocean connection between the Leschenault Estuary and the Collie and Preston Rivers.

Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220

 

 

28 Oct 2014
Augusta

New boating guide for Augusta Margaret River

In preparation for the opening of the new Augusta Boat Harbour next month a new boating guide has been produced for skippers navigating from Gracetown to Augusta and in the Blackwood River.

In preparation for the opening of the new Augusta Boat Harbour next month a new boating guide has been produced for skippers navigating from Gracetown to Augusta and in the Blackwood River.

Department of Transport (DoT) Coordinator Safety Education Laurie Adams said the free Augusta Margaret River Boating Guide would be available from the Marine Safety Education Trailer in Augusta  and Margaret River early next month.

He said the new guide, designed to promote safe boating, contained important information for users of the new harbour and would be a guide for skippers operating in the hazardous waters off Cape Leeuwin and the Blackwood River.

“It’s recommended the guide is kept on board a vessel for the skipper’s easy reference – especially when entering unfamiliar waters,” Mr Adams said.

Mr Adams said input from stakeholders had ensured the guide was relevant to new skippers to the area and also served to educate more experienced local boat owners.

Augusta and Margaret River boat owners can visit the DoT Marine Safety Education Trailer in their town centre on November 3 and 4, 2014 to pick up a copy of the guide and the latest marine safety information. The trailer will also be visiting the Albany Show on November 7 and 8, 2014.

“Marine education officers will be on hand to share their boating knowledge and answer questions about safe boating,” Mr Adams said.

The free guide is also available from DoT regional offices at Bunbury and Albany and has been distributed to local volunteer sea search and rescue groups, training providers of marine and boating safety courses including TAFE colleges and schools, Boating Industry Association members, dive shops and clubs.

Boating guides are produced using funds from recreational boat registration fees and the full list is available at  www.transport.wa.gov.au/boatingguides

Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220

 

 

23 Oct 2014
Cycling image

Travel behaviour change programs recognised

Programs to reduce work-related car trips and promote active forms of transport were among the winners of the TravelSmart Awards, presented this morning.

Programs to reduce work-related car trips and promote active forms of transport were among the winners of the TravelSmart Awards, presented this morning.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of workplaces and local governments engaged in travel behaviour change programs.

Department of Transport (DoT) Executive Director of Transport Policy and Systems, Brett Hughes commended this year’s winners for their outstanding efforts.

Winners of the five categories included:

  • Innovate - MBS Environmental for their Frequent Alternative Traveller (FAT) rewards scheme.
  • Build - City of Nedlands for the UWA student architecture bus shelter.
  • Plan - City of Joondalup for their Walkability Plan 2013-2018.
  • Achieve - Edith Cowan University for its ECU Transport Management Group.
  • Champion - City of Vincent, Mayor John Carey and City of Cockburn, TravelSmart Officer Katy Boschetti.

“It’s great to see local governments and workplaces taking up the challenge to do their bit to help decrease work-related car trips and contribute to reducing traffic congestion,” said Mr Hughes.

DoT supports a number of travel change programs that assist and encourage employers, schools, households and local government to choose active and sustainable travel modes such as cycling, walking and public transport more often.

“These travel behaviour change programs encourage participation and innovation which reduces congestion for everyone in our city. For example MBS Environmental, with support from the TravelSmart Workplace program, created the Frequent Alternative Traveller (FAT) Reward Scheme. The program provides cash incentives for staff to use other modes of transport such as riding, walking, jogging, public transport and carpooling for the work commute. Up to 75 per cent of staff are now participating in the FAT Scheme,” Mr Hughes said.

The TravelSmart Workplace program has assisted 69 workplaces over the past two years to prepare practical travel plans that helped over 15,600 employees to reduce their reliance on motor vehicles.

Mr Hughes said demand for the TravelSmart programs continued to grow and the programs were making a valuable difference to people’s travel decisions.

Media contact: Jo Hynes 0412 027 383

Alerts
30 Oct 2014
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.

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

Cancelled, withdrawn and expired notices are regularly removed.

 

07 Oct 2014

Email scam potentially targeting customers

The Department of Transport (DoT) has been made aware of an email scam potentially targeting its customers.

The Department of Transport (DoT) has been made aware of an email scam potentially targeting its customers.

The fraudulent email is claiming to be from PayPal and asks recipients to renew their drivers licence by following a link provided.

Customers are then asked to provide their name, address, mother's maiden name and credit card details.

DoT advises customers not to respond to any email claiming to be from PayPal that asks for personal details.

DoT does not use PayPal for payments and never asks customers for their personal details via email.

If you receive an email claiming to be from PayPal regarding renewing your driver's licence, please alert the Department of Commerce.

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