THE Transport Department has reminded skippers planning to take in this year’s Australia Day Skyworks from the water to check navigation lights as part of a full safety check of vessels and equipment before leaving home.
Waterways safety management director Chris Mather said skippers of larger vessels needed to check tender vessels had the correct navigation lights and were only used for transfers to shore on the day.
“Sharing the waters safely is key to the enjoyment and wellbeing of all water users on Australia Day as it is the busiest time of the year on the Swan Canning Riverpark,” Mr Mather said.
Skippers attending the Skyworks should prepare by doing a ‘BEST’ check to ensure their boat, equipment, safety equipment and trailer are in working order.
All vessels need working navigation lights, lifejackets, 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,” he said.
This includes the closure of the centre of Perth Water from 7pm to 9:45pm on Australia Day, when vessels will not be able to transit up or down stream.
For more information, visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/australiaday .