Navigation Restriction - Woodburn, Richmond River

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Woodburn, Richmond River
8:00am to 5:00pm - Saturday 23 September 2017
8:00am to 5:00pm -  Sunday 24 September 2017


Vessel operators are advised that a Special Event pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998 is to be held at Woodburn on the Richmond River, from adjacent to the Woodburn Boat Ramp extending approximately 600 metres downstream between 8.00am and 5:00pm on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017.


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Roads and Maritime has granted an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to the Northern Rivers Water Ski Inc. to conduct the event, and an Exclusion Zone (‘the Zone’) will be established on the navigable waters of the Richmond River at Woodburn commencing adjacent the Woodburn Boat Ramp and extending downstream approximately 600 metres between the above times. The Zone will be will be marked with a series of high visibility buoys and patrolled by safety and monitoring craft.


Roads and Maritime advise that in relation to the Zone:

  1. Persons within the vicinity of the Zone must comply with any directions given by any 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 Zone and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(5) - Maximum Penalty $1,100.00)

Access to the waterway via the Woodburn boat ramp is not restricted however boaters must navigate beyond the buoyed course area so as not to interfere with the Zone. Vessels navigating this area 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 Boating Map –2A

For further information concerning this Navigation Advice, please contact Boating Safety Officer Darren Watson, Roads & Maritime Services phone: 0418 660 769.


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