Hunter: Exclusive Use areas for Australia Day
24 January 2012
NSW Maritime has granted four exclusive use aquatic licences for the safe staging of Australia Day events in the Hunter/ Inland region.
NSW Maritime Regional Manager Hunter/ Inland Sonia McKay said this would include:
- a swim event on Newcastle Harbour;
- a Maritime Festival, which begins tomorrow, also on Newcastle Harbour;
- a fireworks display at Lake Macquarie; and
- a swim event at Lake Glenbawn.
Ms McKay said boaters on Newcastle Harbour should keep clear of competing swimmers in an area about 200 metres wide, between Queens Wharf and Stockton Ferry Wharf from 8am to 9.30am. This area will be used exclusively for the safe staging of the Stockton Surf Life Saving Club’s Across the Harbour Swim.
“For the Maritime Festival, put on by the Newcastle Maritime Museum Society, boaters should keep clear of the harbour between 12 noon and 10pm on Wednesday, and between 8am and 6pm on Thursday,” Ms McKay said.
This area is downstream of the following landmarks:
- Stockton Bridge (Stockton Channel);
- Dyke Berth 1 (South Channel); and
- Cowper Road Bridge (Throsby Creek).
Ms McKay said boaters should also keep clear in a radius of 150m around a fireworks barge on Lake Macquarie between 6pm and 9pm, for a fireworks display at Speers Point, Lake Macquarie, that requires exclusive use for safety reasons.
“This area will be marked by buoys and be used exclusively for the safe staging of a fireworks display hosted by Lake Macquarie City Council,” Ms McKay said.
Meanwhile, NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of a swim event by Scone Swimming Club to be held in Spillway Bay, Lake Glenbawn from 6am until 1pm in an area formed by a perimeter about 100m around the swim course, which will be marked by buoys.
“For safety reasons, skippers should avoid these areas as they will be restricted for the events and patrolled by control vessels.”
Ms McKay said unauthorised vessels would not be permitted to enter the exclusive use area unless authorised by event organisers, a NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officer or a Police Officer.
NSW Maritime is part of Roads and Maritime Services.