Navigation Restriction - Fennell Bay, Lake Macquarie

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Fennell Bay, Lake Macquarie
8 June 2017 to February 2018


Roads and Maritime Services advises that to facilitate maintenance of the Fennell Bay Bridge, Lake Macquarie, the waterway directly under the bridge has been temporarily restricted while maintenance activities are carried out. Spans of the bridge which are closed to navigation will display channel blocked lights and shapes, and will be marked with yellow buoys. A navigable channel under the bridge will remain open for the duration for the works, and will be marked with port and starboard lights and shapes.

Vessel operators are advised that Roads and Maritime Services has declared that the above works, which are to be conducted on Lake Macquarie between 8 June 2017 and February 2018, is a SPECIAL EVENT pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998.


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, a Special Event Area (‘the Area’) will be established on the navigable waters of Lake Macquarie within 100 metres of the Fennell Bay Bridge between the above dates.


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 marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  2. Vessels are required to maintain a safe distance and speed from the works and operators are reminded that the production of wash which impacts unreasonably on the works is an offence (Marine Safety Regulation 2016 – clause 11 – Maximum Penalty $5,500.00).
  3. Vessel operators failing to leave the Special Event Area when directed to do so are liable to an offence (Marine Safety Act, s.12(6) – Maximum Penalty $1,100.00)
  4. Vessel operators in the vicinity of the works must keep a proper lookout at all times.


Roads and Maritime Boating Map – 8A

For further information regarding this navigation restriction, please contact the Roads and Maritime info line on 131236.


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