Boating changes to improve safety

Community feedback has been used to implement boating changes to improve safety.
Community feedback has been used to implement boating changes to improve safety.

COMMUNITY feedback has confirmed the need for a lower speed limit on the water at Hillarys Boat Harbour and a new motor boating prohibited zone at Marmion to improve safety.

People were given the opportunity in February to comment on proposed changes and improvements to the management of the coastline following the release of the North Metropolitan Aquatic Use Review.

Department of Transport navigational safety and moorings manager Mark Briant said while most of the current on-water arrangements north of Perth were working well, there was still room for improvement and people had supported the key changes proposed in the review.

The changes will see a reduction from 6 knots to 5 knots in the speed restricted zone at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

“A 5 knot speed restriction is consistent with other small boat harbours in WA and will increase navigational safety at one of the State’s busiest boat harbours,” Mr Briant said.

At Marmion Beach a new area closed to motorised vessels, adjacent to the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club, will provide greater safety for users of the recently completed dive trail.

“The purpose of the review was to ensure the safe, equitable and sustainable use of the coastline continues as the area’s population grows and demand increases for a variety of aquatic activities,” Mr Briant said.