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Event: New Years Eve pyrotechnics display - Busselton

Acting pursuant to Section 66 of the Western Australian Marine Act 1982, I Christopher J Mather, Director Waterways Safety Management and delegate of the Chief Executive Officer hereby close the following area of water to all vessels between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Friday 31 December 2021.

Area of closure: Busselton Jetty

All the waters within a 100 metre radius of the firing point located at approximately 33° 38.587'S, 115° 20.635'E (approximately 150 metres along the Jetty from the foreshore).

Conditions of closure:

  • No vessel shall transit through, anchor or moor within the closed waters area;
  • Bonafide vessels associated with the fireworks display are exempt from the closure;
  • Swimming is also not permitted in the above area of closure.

This area is set aside for safety measures during the set up and display of pyrotechnics.

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 966 – Cape Naturaliste

  • Start date: 31/12/2021.
  • End date: 31/12/2021.
  • Issued: 08/12/2021
  • Number: Not2021 - 165

Event: Closure of Waters to Boating, Geographe Bay, City of Busselton

Acting pursuant to Section 66 of the Western Australian Marine Act 1982, I Christopher J Mather, Director Waterways Safety Management and delegate of the Chief Executive Officer hereby close the following area of water to all vessels from 5:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Sunday 5 December 2021.

Busselton Jetty, Geographe Bay:

Area of Closure:  All the waters within Geographe Bay bounded by a line commencing at a point on the beach at approximately 33° 38.582’S, 115° 20.966’E (adjacent to Milne Street) thence 750 metres northwest to approximately 33° 38.224’S, 115° 20.738’E (approximately 450 metres northeast of the Busselton Jetty) thence southwest to approximately 33° 38.534’S, 115° 19.843’E (approximately 1048 metres southwest of the Busselton Jetty), thence southeast to the shore at approximately 33° 38.893’S, 115° 20.071’E, thence along the shoreline to the point of commencement.

Providing however that bona fide support vessels and competitors associated with the event are exempt from the above closure.

This area is set aside for the approved “IRONMAN WA & IRONMAN 70.3 WA” events.

Location: 33° 38.561’S, 115° 20.375’E

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 966 - Cape Naturaliste

  • Start date: 05/12/2021.
  • End date: 05/12/2021.
  • Issued: 29/11/2021
  • Number: Not2021 - 158

Advice: Maintenance dredging, Port of Bunbury

Maintenance dredging of the Outer Harbour and approaches to the Outer Harbour at the Port of Bunbury will commence on 29 November 2021 for a period of up to 12 days, dredge vessel Modi R will be operational 24 hours per day. The vessel will display lights and symbols as required.

Vessels are to give Modi R a wide berth and to pass at slow speed so not to create a wash.

Notice issued on behalf of Southern Port Authority, Port of Bunbury.

Location: Port of Bunbury

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 859 - Bunbury to Port Geographe

  • Start date: 29/11/2021.
  • End date: 10/12/2021.
  • Number: 2021 - 157.

Event: Aquatic Event Notification, Sandgroper Series Event 1 - Match Racing

Mariners are hereby advised that between the hours of 8:15 AM and 1:30 PM on Saturday 27th November 2021, two outrigger canoes will be participating in the approved 2021 “Sandgroper Series Event 1 - Match Racing” event taking place in the Leschenault Inlet adjacent to Sykes Foreshore.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and to proceed at a speed that produces no wake or wash when transiting in this area while the event is taking place.

Location: 33° 19.413’S, 115° 38.593’E

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 859 – Bunbury to Port Geographe

  • Start date: 27/11/2021.
  • End date: 27/11/2021.
  • Issued: 17/11/2021
  • Number: Not2021 - 156

Advice: Dredging works – Entrance to Port Geographe Marina

Mariners are advised that maintenance dredging works at the entrance to the Port Geographe Marina will commence in October 2021 and will proceed until approximately late February 2022.

Dredging will mainly occur Monday to Friday between the hours of 7.00 am and 6.00 pm, with provision to take place during hours of darkness if required.

The works are being carried out by the 22 m cutter suction dredge “Cooper II”, equipped with floating pipelines and submerged pipelines to a length of 1.2 km marked with orange buoys which will display rhythmic flashing lights. The dredge has no self-propulsion and uses anchors and spuds to move. The dredge and connected pipeline will remain in the area of operation after normal operating hours for the duration of the works.

The dredge will exhibit shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of collisions at Sea Regulations 1983.

If mariners are unsure of where to safely pass the dredge vessel, they are requested to contact the operators who will be monitoring the following radio frequencies:

  • VHF Channel 16
  • Marine 27 MHz Channel 90

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above operations.

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart WA966 – Cape Naturaliste

  • Start date: October 2021.
  • End date: February 2022.
  • Issued: 19/10/2021.
  • Number: 2021-145.

  Advice: Shallowing - Northern entrance to Pelican Point Canals, mouth of the Collie River, Bunbury

Mariners are advised that shallowing has occurred at the northern entrance to the Pelican Point Canals (immediately downstream of the mouth of the Collie River, Bunbury) reducing depths and restricting navigation in the vicinity.

The shallowest area of the canals, outside the edges of the canals, is reported to be on the southern side of the approach channel, about 20m upstream of the pedestrian bridge into the northern canal entrance

Chart reference: Department of Transport Chart WA776 – Preston to Bunbury

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area.

  • Start date: 
  • End Date: 
  • Issued: 22/09/2021
  • Number: 2021-133

  Advice: Environmental monitoring equipment, Port Geographe vicinity

Mariners are advised that environmental monitoring equipment will be temporarily deployed from late September 2021 in the Port Geographe vicinity at the following six (6) sites:

Site  Lats Longs
Impact 1 33° 37.338' S 115° 23.840' E
Impact 2 33° 37.328' S 115° 23.749' E
Ref_B1 33° 38.083' S 115° 22.269' E
Ref_B2 33° 38.074' S 115° 22.399' E
Ref_A1 33° 37.498' S 115° 22.277' E
Ref_A2 33° 37.496' S 115° 22.341' E

Each site will be marked with a yellow surface buoy, approximately thirty (30 cm) in diameter, equipped with flashing yellow lights.

Recovery date: April 2022

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above buoys.

Chart Reference: AUS755 – Cape Peron to Cape Naturaliste

  • Start date: Late September 2021.
  • End date: 30/04//2022.
  • Issued: 03/09/2021
  • Number: 2021-120

  Warning: Submerged Hazard, Stirling St / Albert Road Boat Ramp – Leschenault Inlet, Bunbury

A submerged hazard has been reported in the vicinity of the Stirling St / Albert Road Boat Ramp in the Leschenault Inlet, Bunbury.

  • Chart reference: Department of Transport Chart WA859 – Bunbury to Port Geographe 

  Advice: Closure of Marlston Waterfront Jetty (Dome Cafe), Koombana Bay Bunbury

Marlston Waterfront Jetty (Dome Café, Koombana Bay Bunbury)

Mariners are advised that the Marlston Waterfront Jetty (adjacent to the Dome Café, Bonnefoi Boulevard Bunbury) has been closed until further notice due to storm damage.

A boom and yellow marker buoys have been deployed around the jetty.

Mariners are advised to remain east of the yellow marker buoys and exercise caution when towing skiers in the adjacent Koombana Bay water ski area.

Mark Briant, Manager, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 20/09/2018.
  • Number: 2018-128.

  Advice: Mobile seagrass wrack, Port Geographe Harbour entrance channel

Port Geographe harbour entrance channel

Mariners are advised that mobile seagrass wrack may be present in the vicinity of the Port Geographe Harbour entrance channel.

This material can vary significantly in thickness and position over short time frames, reducing depths and restricting navigation in the channel.

The affected area includes the full extent of the entrance channel, with the worst affected area being in the entrance channel directly adjacent to the lagoon rock-wall.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the entrance channel, allowing for changing conditions when traversing the area. Vessels with a draught of 1.5m or more may be at risk of grounding when navigating through this area. 

Authorised by: Briant Manager, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 25/07/2018.
  • Number: 2018-106.

  Advice: Lake Stockton Boat Ramp closed

Lake Stockton / Stockton Open Cut, Shire of Collie

Mariners are advised that, due to a bank collapse adjacent to the boat ramp, the Lake Stockton boat ramp is closed until further notice.

Mariners launching trailered vessels are advised to exercise caution when launching into Lake Stockton due to steep drop off surrounding the lakes edge.

Authorised by: Mark Briant Manager, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 31/05/2018.
  • Number: 2018-91.

  Advice: Sandbars Dolphin Road Boat Ramp, Broadwater Busselton

Vicinity of Dolphin Road Boat Ramp, Broadwater Busselton

Mariners are advised that due to migrating sand bars, shallow depths have been reported at around 60 metres from shore to the approaches of the Dolphin Road Boat Ramp.

  • Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart WA966 - Cape Naturaliste.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when navigating in the vicinity of the Dolphin Road Boat Ramp.

Authorised by: Mark Beal Navigational Aids Coordinator, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 14/02/2018.
  • Number: 2018-27.

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