Boating plans

Boating plans are designed to:

  • Maximise user safety, enjoyment, public safety and amenity of boating practices
  • Consider the needs of shore-based waterway users, as well as boating-based activities
  • Review shore-based boating-related facilities or infrastructure, such as launching ramps
  • Help agencies responsible for environmental protection and sustainability to implement programs and initiatives
  • Provide a framework for consultation.

Boating plans are a guide to shared use, and access to, a particular waterway, in a way that benefits both recreational and commercial users. Each boating plan is designed to respond to changing conditions and boating patterns.

Botany Bay Georges River Boating Safety Plan.

    The below plans will shortly be replaced by Regional Boating Plans which are currently under development. Should you wish to enquire about, or obtain a copy of these plans, please email

    Clyde River Safe Boating Plan

    The Clyde Estuary is a major community resource for the people of the South Coast of NSW. As well as being an important focus of commercial and recreational activities within the Eurobodalla Shire, the river plays host to a number of major aquatic events including the Batemans Bay Marine Show, fishing competitions and sailing regattas.

    Corindi River Boating Plan of Management

    The Corindi River estuarine system forms part of the Solitary Islands Marine Park and is located approximately 40km north of Coffs Harbour.

    Lake Macquarie Mooring Management Plan

    Lake Macquarie is a large coastal lake located south of Newcastle and approximately 120 kilometres north of Sydney. A Mooring Management Plan for Lake Macquarie was developed in conjunction with the community and relevant government agencies.

    Lower Williams Traffic Management Plan

    The Lower Williams Boating Plan exists to encourage responsible and sustainable powerboating activities on the Williams River.

    Shoalhaven Estuary Safe Boating Plan

    The Shoalhaven River is a major community resource for the people of the South Coast of NSW. The river hosts a range of recreational and commercial boating activities, as well as aquatic events including the Australian Wakeboarding Titles, rowing and sailing regattas and fishing competitions. Recreational activities include fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and river cruises. Commercial activities include fishing, aquaculture, charters, and hire and drive operators.

    Smiths Lake Boating Plan of Management

    The process of developing a Boating Plan for Smiths Lake commenced with a community consultation program that began in January 2003 via a media release and public notice aimed at advising the community of the planning process and identifying interested parties and stakeholders for inclusion on a mailing list. A discussion paper was then presented to members of the Smiths Lake Estuary Management Committee seeking input on values and issues via written submissions. From the submissions received, a draft boating plan was developed addressing the values and issues identified. The Draft Smiths Lake Boating Plan was subsequently distributed to stakeholders and displayed for public comment.

    Tweed Estuary Boating Plan

    The Tweed River is an important natural resource of the far north coast of New South Wales. It is a vital link in the social and ecological fabric of the valley and requires sensitive management in order to sustain the quality of this link. Given the Tweed Shire’s rapidly expanding catchment of people and the resultant increased demands on the river, both from a recreational and commercial viewpoint, the Tweed presents a complex boating management challenge. The Tweed Estuary Boating Plan 2006-2010 is downloadable in 8 parts.

    Upper Williams River Boating Traffic Management Plan

    The Upper Williams River Boating Traffic Management Plan exists to encourage responsible and sustainable powerboating activities on the Williams River.

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