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News
26 Jan 2020
Boats on Swan River - photo by City of Perth

Navigation lights must be ship shape on Australia Day

Skippers need to ensure they have the correct, operational navigation lights if their vessel is joining the thousands of spectator craft on the water for tonight’s Australia Day Skyworks.

Skippers need to ensure they have the correct, operational navigation lights if their vessel is joining the thousands of spectator craft on the water for tonight’s Australia Day Skyworks.

Department of Transport (DoT) Marine Officers want skippers to do a full check of their vessel and safety equipment before leaving home.

DoT Director of Waterways Safety Management Chris Mather said skippers need to be aware it is illegal to be on the water after dark without the correct combination and fully operational navigation lights, including tender vessels of larger craft

He said safety equipment was also an important consideration in preparing for the event and strongly recommended lifejackets to be worn while on the water, in-date flares be carried and an anchor.
 
“It’s the busiest time of the year on the river and skippers need to be responsible, patient and courteous and adhere to any restrictions and instructions given by DoT Marine Officers and other authorised officers,” Mr Mather said.

“Skippers also need to be mindful it’s an offence to navigate a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

Mr Mather said conditions were particularly hazardous for small craft following the event as traffic on the water peaks, and if possible, skippers are encouraged to delay their journey home to ease congestion on the river and at boat ramps.

Boats fitted with a radio 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.

On water restrictions and closures in place for Australia Day, including the locations of spectator vessel areas, can be found on the Australia Day fireworks display page.

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

Photo: City of Perth 
24 Jan 2020
Man cycling Esperance foreshore

$7.6 million bike funding boost to connect Perth and regional communities

The Western Australian Government has announced a $7.6 million boost to walking and cycling paths, which will add more than 50 kilometres to the WA Bicycle Network (WABN) over the next two years.

The Western Australian Government has announced a $7.6 million boost to walking and cycling paths, which will add more than 50 kilometres to the WA Bicycle Network (WABN) over the next two years.

As part of the annual WABN grants scheme, the State Government matches funding with local governments, who have successfully applied for the funding.

To continue reading see the link below or for more information visit the WABN page.

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24 Jan 2020
Helicopter flying over boats with Australia Day flag - Photo by City of Perth

Skippers need correct, operational navigation lights for Australia Day

Skippers need to ensure they have the correct, operational navigation lights if their vessel is joining the thousands of spectator craft on the water for this year’s Australia Day Skyworks.

Skippers need to ensure they have the correct, operational navigation lights if their vessel is joining the thousands of spectator craft on the water for this year’s Australia Day Skyworks.

Department of Transport (DoT) Marine Officers want skippers to do a full check of their vessel and safety equipment well in advance of the event to have time to fix any issues.

DoT Director of Waterways Safety Management Chris Mather said skippers need to be aware it is illegal to be on the water after dark without the correct combination and fully operational navigation lights, including tender vessels of larger craft.

“Skippers planning on attending the Skyworks should prepare by doing a BEST check to ensure their Boat, Equipment, Safety equipment and Trailer are all in good working order,” Mr Mather said.

“It is strongly recommended that lifejackets be worn, and vessels carry flares and a suitable anchor to avoid drift.”

Mr Mather said skippers were responsible for their passengers at all times and should be familiar with the restrictions and closures in place for the event.

“There will be special speed restrictions, additional exclusion zones and closures, to keep everyone safe on the water on the night and during the days prior,” Mr Mather said.

This includes the closure of the centre of Perth Water from 6.00 pm to 9.45 pm on Australia Day, vessels will not be able to transit up or down stream through Perth Water during this time.

Given the high number of vessels and their close proximity when anchored, DoT will not be permitting commercial operators to raft up on Perth Water on the day.  

For more information about Australia Day restrictions and closures and how to do the BEST safety check visit the Australia Day fireworks display page. 

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

Photo: City of Perth
Alerts
11 Sep 2019
Temporary Notices to Mariners

Temporary Notices to Mariners (TNTM)

Please use the following links to view TNTM for 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.

26 Feb 2019
Scam watch

Fake parking infringement notices

Please be advised there is an active scam alleging to be from Department of Transport and Parking.

Please be advised there is an active scam alleging to be from Department of Transport and Parking.

The email is sent from ‘Parking Infringement Office’ with subject line: [URGENT] Parking Infringement Notice.

There is no Department of Transport and Parking - if you have received this email, please report it to Scam Watch.   

20 Feb 2019
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Cyclone - Community information sheets

The Department of Transport is responsible for the provision of cyclone community information sheet for its maritime facilities located in cyclone prone areas.

The Department of Transport is responsible for the provision of cyclone community information sheet for its maritime facilities located in cyclone prone areas.

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