Navigation Restriction - Hunter River, Berry Park


(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Hunter River, Berry Park ROWING REGATTAS
7:30am to 5:30pm - Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016
7:30am to 5:30pm - Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2016
7:30am to 5:30pm - Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2017
7:30am to 5:30pm - Sunday 23 October 2017


Vessel operators are advised that Roads & Maritime Services has declared that the above events, which are to be held on the Hunter River adjacent to the Endeavour Rowing Club complex at Berry Park and between 7:30am and 5:30pm on the following weekends: 10 & 11 September, 29 & 30 October 2016, 4 & 5 February 2017 and Sunday 23 October 2017, are Special Events pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998.


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Roads and Maritime has granted an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to Endeavour Rowing Club Inc. to conduct the events, and a Special Event/Exclusive Use Area (‘the Area’) will be established on the navigable waters of the Hunter River adjacent to the Endeavour Rowing Club complex at Berry Park (near Duckenfield) between the above times and dates. The Area will be patrolled by control vessels and marked with course buoys.


Roads and Maritime advises that in relation to the Area:

  1. Persons within the vicinity of the Area must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  2. No unauthorised vessels are permitted to enter the Area and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(6) - Maximum Penalty $1,100.00).

Provision has been made for a ‘transit zone’ within which the control vessel operator will, at times during the event, authorise local vessel traffic to transit the Area. Vessels navigating the transit zone must do so at a speed not exceeding 4 knots, must produce no wash, and must comply with any direction given pursuant to (a) above.


Roads and Maritime Services Boating Map – 7C

For further information concerning this Navigation Restriction, please contact the Roads and Maritime info line on 13 12 56


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