'Go Easy' When Boating on NYE

29 December 2011

Boaters are reminded to ‘stay under the limit’ as they head out onto waterways across the State for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

NSW Maritime Acting General Manager Operations Trevor Williams said tens of thousands of people were expected to converge on NSW waterways for the festive season.

“New Year’s Eve is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year out on the water,” Mr Williams said. “Every skipper needs to be responsible and that means keeping under 0.05. Random breath testing applies out on the water as well as on the roads, so go easy.

“It is also important every skipper takes time to plan and prepare for attending any aquatic event with fireworks displays. On Sydney Harbour alone, more than 2000 vessels are expected to take to the water to see in the New Year.”

Other NSW waterways, apart from Sydney Harbour, with fireworks displays and exclusive use areas that will apply include:

  • Manning River
  • Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
  • Wangi Bay, Lake Macquarie
  • Cape Hawke Harbour, Wallis Lake
  • Brighton Le Sands, Botany Bay
  • Hastings River, Port Macquarie
  • Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed River
  • The Entrance, Tuggerah Lake

"Boaters are also reminded not to set off flares on the water. It’s not only dangerous but also irresponsible because such flares are for signalling distress in an emergency,” Mr Williams said. “Anyone caught needlessly lighting a flare can be fined $500.”

He said the Sydney Harbour and other waterways would be patrolled by NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers, the Water Police and Marine Rescue NSW volunteers.

More safety advice on NYE for Sydney Harbour can be found at http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/sae1112/index.html

NSW Maritime has published boating maps outlining special boating traffic management measures that will be in force on Sydney Harbour for upcoming special aquatic events. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nswmaritime/6397529245/in/photostream

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