Boating rules

16 May 2014

Queenslanders who go boating on the Tweed River will be targeted at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show from 22 to 25 May.

Roads and Maritime Services Acting Director Maritime Michael Wright said Roads and Maritime would once again be attending the annual boat show at the Gold Coast, providing safe boating advice and information on lifejackets.

“Boating Safety Officers and Boating Education Officers will operate the Roads and Maritime display near the entrance to Pavilion A at booth eight,” Mr Wright said.

“While the tenets of safe boating are consistent wherever you go in Australia, New South Wales has some State based regulations which vary in detail from those in Queensland, including differences in the requirements for when a lifejacket is required to be worn.

“The majority of boaters on the Tweed River are from Queensland and yet the Tweed River is patrolled by Roads and Maritime, the NSW based boating regulator.

“The best advice is to err on the side of safety and always wear a lifejacket.

“Lifejackets are the most important piece of safety equipment on any recreational vessel for a safe and enjoyable day on the water,” he said.

People who visit the Roads and Maritime stand can access online services including registration and licensing. There will also be interactive elements, including a safe boating quiz with entries to go in a draw to win a safe boating pack with two new lifejackets and an Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and give aways for children.

For full details of NSW boating rules, see the Roads and Maritime Services website

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is an annual four day event, open from 9am to 5pm daily.

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