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27 Aug 2014
Paddle safe news

PLBs now approved for paddlers

The required safety equipment for paddle craft enthusiasts operating more than 400 metres offshore has been expanded to include increasingly popular personal locator beacons (PLB).

The required safety equipment for paddle craft enthusiasts operating more than 400 metres offshore has been expanded to include increasingly popular personal locator beacons (PLB).

Department of Transport (DoT) Coordinator of Safety Education Laurie Adams said laws introduced 18 months ago boosting safety for users of canoes, kayaks, surf skis, inflatables or similar paddle craft had been improved following stakeholder feedback.

"DoT consulted closely with Canoeing WA, Outdoors WA, Surf Lifesaving WA, Sea Kayak Club WA, Indian Ocean Paddlers Club, the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and following discussions, amended the laws to allow PLBs to be carried as an alternative to electronic position indication radio beacons (EPIRB). However, the PLB must be attached to the paddler," Mr Adams said.

There will be continued consultation with Surf Lifesaving WA to work through some operational issues."

Recreational paddle craft operating between 400 metres and 2 nautical miles from shore in unprotected waters must carry a bailer (if the deck is not self-draining), lifejackets, in date flares or an in date registered EPIRB or PLB. Between 2 and 5 nautical miles a lifejacket, a bilge pump/bailer (if not self-draining) and an in date registered EPIRB or PLB must be carried, and further than 5 nautical miles out an in date offshore flare kit and a marine radio must be added to the equipment required for between 2 and 5 nautical miles.

Mr Adams said the safety requirements do not apply to hire paddle craft, surfboards and stand up paddle-boards which are not considered vessels under the current laws.

The free DoT brochure Paddle Safe outlines the required safety equipment and also contains valuable information about navigation lights, registration and voyage preparation.

A quick reference sticker is also available from DoT and retailers to assist paddlers to comply with the safety requirements.

Visit paddlesafe for a copy of Paddle Safe or contact the Marine Safety Hotline on 1300 863 308.

Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220

25 Aug 2014
Northern Goldfields benefits from flights deal

Northern Goldfields benefits from flights deal

The Department of Transport (DoT) has welcomed a boost to air services for northern Goldfields residents thanks to an innovative approach by the resources industry, airlines and government.

The Department of Transport (DoT) has welcomed a boost to air services for northern Goldfields residents thanks to an innovative approach by the resources industry, airlines and government.

"It's a terrific example of how the State Government and the aviation and resources industries are working together in support of regular passenger transport (RPT) air services for WA's remote communities," said DoT Deputy Director-General Sue McCarrey of the agreement between Skippers Aviation and Ramelius Resources Ltd, facilitated by the DoT.

"At present, it takes about four hours for the people of Mt Magnet to fly to Perth via stop-offs at Meekatharra and Wiluna when the drive takes only about one hour more.

"But following engagement by DoT with Skippers and Ramelius, the Ramelius board has agreed to utilise Skippers' RPT services, instead of chartering their own private planes.

"This means that the Mt Magnet community will, from 1 September 2014, have access to a new direct return service to Perth on Mondays and Fridays, cutting about three hours off the trip.

"The new Mt Magnet-Perth service also means a quicker trip with fewer stops for the Monday and Friday triangulated Perth-Meekatharra-Wiluna-Perth RPT service; while the Tuesday and Wednesday schedule between Perth and Mt Magnet, Meekatharra and Wiluna remains."

Mt Magnet Shire Council president Ashley Dowden praised the collaboration between Ramelius and Skippers through DoT, to achieve better RPT air services for the region.

"It's a great result for residents of Mt Magnet but also encouraging for residents of resources communities across WA, to see mining companies working with RPT providers to the benefit of local communities," said Mr Dowden.

The northern Goldfields is one of eight RPT routes currently subject to a State Government review of regulated RPT air routes in WA. To view the proposed regulatory approaches and charter policy, and submit a comment by 31 October 2014, visit the Review of regulated air routes in WA page.

Media contact: Narelle Hine 0439 516 500

20 Aug 2014
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Drivers log online in droves to save time

Millions of online licensing activities, including bookings, payments and demerit point checks, had been conducted through online services at the DoTDirect website following its launch last year, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said today.

Millions of online licensing activities, including bookings, payments and demerit point checks, had been conducted through online services at the DoTDirect website following its launch last year, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said today.

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22 Aug 2014
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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.

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

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