Skippers told to check flares are in dateSkippers from Lancelin to Geraldton are being reminded to check they have in-date flares and ensure all their safety gear is in good working order and readily accessible in an emergency.
Skippers from Lancelin to Geraldton are being reminded to check they have in-date flares and ensure all their safety gear is in good working order and readily accessible in an emergency.
This is the message from the Department of Transport (DoT) as it prepares the Marine Safety Education Trailer to visit the region early next month, providing tips on safe boating.
DoT Manager Safety Education Laurie Adams said the high number of vessels going to sea with out-of-date flares was a concerning trend identified during safety compliance checks conducted over summer from Lancelin to Geraldton.
"In-date flares are required safety equipment for boating in open waters and skippers who fail to carry them are risking their lives," Mr Adams said.
"While in the region education officers will be reinforcing the importance of having the correct safety equipment in good working order and will be advocating skippers and passengers take the 30 Second Challenge which tests readiness for an emergency response on board a vessel."
The initiative tests if people can gather flares, EPIRB, make a radio call and don a lifejacket in 30 seconds. People can visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/30secondchallenge to find out how to take the challenge.
Mr Adams said DoT would also bring its very successful Old4New lifejacket upgrade to the area.
The Old4New program, delivered in conjunction with the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia, is an upgrade opportunity where old, damaged, obsolete or foam filled lifejackets can be exchanged for a voucher for use at a local retail outlet when purchasing a new lifejacket.
Voucher limits and restrictions are in place to ensure the benefits of the program apply to as many vessels as possible so people who want to participate should check the guidelines at www.transport.wa.gov.au/lifejackets
Skippers can take the 30 Second Challenge, get an Old4New lifejacket upgrade, see how to use flares and learn more about safe boating at the following times and locations:
- Jurien Bay volunteer marine rescue centre tower 2pm -5pm Wednesday May 2, 2018
- Leeman volunteer marine rescue headquarters 9.30am-10am Thursday May 3, 2018
- Town Ramp, Geraldton 8am-9am Friday May 4, 2018
- Geraldton Boat, Caravan and Camping Show May 5 and 6, 2018
- Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue 5pm 6pm Monday May 7, 2018.
DoT officers will also be visiting schools in the region as part of the Junior Crew program.
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Tourism or charter opportunity at new Burswood JettyExpressions of interest open for tourism or charter boat opportunity at Burswood Jetty.
- Expressions of interest open for tourism or charter boat opportunity at Burswood Jetty.
- Vessel operators offered an exclusive use licence for one of the three berths at the custom-built facility.
- New $5 million Burswood Jetty to be open in mid-2018.
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Community help sought for clean-up at Hillarys Boat HarbourThe shorelines and waterways within Hillarys Boat Harbour will be targeted in a community lead clean-up of the busy facility next month.
The shorelines and waterways within Hillarys Boat Harbour will be targeted in a community led clean-up of the busy facility next month.
Facility manager, the Department of Transport (DoT), which is working with the NARC Dive Club to organise the event, is calling for volunteers to register now to play their role.
DoT Director Coastal Facilities Management Shelley Grice said registrations to participate would soon close for the event planned for May 5 and 6, 2018.
"It will be the eighth annual land and underwater clean-up at the harbour involving teams of divers and snorkelers recovering rubbish from the harbour waters and other volunteers cleaning up the harbour's commercial, recreational and retail precincts," Ms Grice said.
"As in past years, the clean-up includes areas above and below the water line, so everyone can be involved and it is a great opportunity for those with dive qualifications wanting to test their skills."
Ms Grice said DoT was very grateful to the NARC Dive Club and those who had participated previously in the community-based event.
"DoT constantly reminds users of the facility to be considerate of other users when disposing of waste in the harbour precinct. However, each year a concerning amount of rubbish is found," Ms Grice said.
"The efforts of those involved in the event save DoT ongoing costs associated with the collection and removal of rubbish from the facility.
"The event is also assisted by the support of local businesses with the donation of equipment and services."
People wishing to join the clean-up of the harbour are asked to log on to http://NARCDIVE.CLUB/CLEANUP2018
Temporary Notices to Mariners (TNTM)Please use the following links to view TNTM for each region of Western Australia.
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- Great Southern.
- Mid West.
- South West.
- Swan and Canning Rivers.
Cancelled, withdrawn and expired TNTM are removed without notice.
Please also see navigational warnings.
Cyclone - Community information sheetsThe 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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