Expired flare disposal

Roads and Maritime has launched a program to help boaters dispose of expired flares, with mobile collections set up along the NSW coastline.

Flares signal that you are in trouble and provide an exact location for searching aircraft or vessels. Only ignite them when rescuers are in view and can spot your flare.

Most flares have a use-by date of three years and they must be replaced before the expiry date. Penalties apply. More information about flares.

The collection program to dispose of out-of-date flares will start on Sunday 10 January at the Evans Head boat ramp between 6am and 9am and will travel to boat ramps along the NSW coast until the end of the boating season in May 2016.

Collection points

Expired flare disposal is available via Pentarch mobile collection points at the following locations.

Please note: Flare collection is no longer available at service centres, registries or maritime sites.

North

Location Date/Time
Evans Head boat ramp, Evans Head 10 January 2016 6-9am
Coffs Harbour boat ramp, Coffs Harbour 13 January 2016 6-9am
Mattys Flat boat ramp, South West Rocks 16 January 2016 6-9am
Westport boat ramp, Port Macquarie
(Note: Collection at Port Macquarie Golden Lure Tournament)
16 January 2016 2-5pm
Westport boat ramp, Port Macquarie 17 January 2016 2-5pm
Apex Park boat ramp, Reid Street, Laurieton (Next to bridge) 22 January 2016 2-5pm
Crowdy Head boat ramp, Crowdy Street, Crowdy Heads (Crowdy Head Boat Harbour) 23 January 2016 6-9am
Harrington boat ramp, Harrington Road, Harrington 23 January 2016 2-5pm
Queen Elizabeth Park, River Street, Taree (Next to Manning River Rowing Club) 24 January 2016 6-9am
Tuncurry boat ramp, Point Road, Tuncurry (Fazio Park) 24 January 2016 2-5pm
Blacksmiths boat ramp, Bali Street, Blacksmiths (Ocean side off Pacific Highway) 30 January 2016 2-5pm

Please note: Flare collection is no longer available at service centres, registries or maritime sites.

Sydney

Location Date/Time
Swallow Rock boat ramp, Swallow Rock Drive, Grays Point 4 March 2016 2-5pm
Foreshore Road boat ramp, Foreshore Road, Banksmeadow 12 March 2016 7-10am
Yowie Bay boat ramp - Wonga Road, Yowie Bay 13 March 2016 7-10am
Rose Bay boat ramp - off New South Head, Rose Bay (Lyne Park) 19 March 2016 12-3pm
Dolans Bay boat ramp - Port Hacking Road, Dolans Bay (Wally's Wharf) 20 March 2016 7-10am
Bonna Point boat ramp - Prince Charles Parade, Kurnell (Bonna Point Reserve) 25 March 2016 7-10am
Davidson Park Boat Ramp - Healey Way, Killarney Heights (Garigal National Park ) 27 March 2016, 2-5pm
Taplin Park Boat Ramp - Bayswater Street, Drummoyne (Five Dock Bay) 28 March 2016, 2-5pm
Terrigal Haven boat ramp - Off Terrigal Esplanande / Scenic Highway, Terrigal 22 May 2016 7-10am

Please note: Flare collection is no longer available at service centres, registries or maritime sites.

South

Location Date/Time
Quarantine Bay boat ramp - Quarantine Bay Road, Eden (Off Princes Highway) 6 February 2016 6-9am
Bermagui Harbour boat ramp - Off Lamont Street, Bermagui 13 February 2016 2-5pm
Hanging Rock boat ramp - Hanging Rock Place, Batemans Bay (Next to Marine Rescue NSW base) 21 February 2016 6-9am
Bellambi boat ramp - Robert Cram Drive, Bellambi 26 March 2016 7-10am
Port Kembla boat ramp - Foreshore Drive, Port Kembla (Outer Harbour next to Marine Rescue NSW base) 26 March 2016 2-5pm
Kiama Harbour boat ramp - Off Blowhole Point Road, Kiama 2 April 2016 7-10am
North Harbour boat ramp - Off Crescent Street, Ulladulla (Kendall Cottage Rotary Park) 1 May 2016 6-9am

Please note: Flare collection is no longer available at service centres, registries or maritime sites.

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