Navigation Restriction - Clarence River, Grafton - Grafton bridge to bridge water ski classic 2017
(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)
Clarence River, Grafton
Grafton bridge to bridge water ski classic 2017
8:00am to 4:00pm – Friday 29 September 2017
1:00pm to 4:00pm – Saturday 30 September 2017
9:00am to 1:00pm – Sunday 1 October 2017
Vessel operators are advised that a Special Event pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998 is to be held on the Clarence River, Grafton around Susan Island from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday 30 September 2017 and between Grafton and Harwood from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday 1 October 2017.
Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Roads and Maritime has granted an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to the Big River Ski Club Inc. to conduct the event, and an Exclusion Zone (‘the Zone’) will be established on the navigable waters of the Clarence River, Grafton around Susan Island from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday 30 September 2017 and between Grafton and Harwood from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday 1 October 2017. The Zone will be marked by buoys and monitored by control vessels.
Roads and Maritime advises that in relation to the Zone:
- 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).
- No unauthorised vessels or persons 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
PRACTICE DAY FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2017 – NAVIGATION WARNING
In addition, the Aquatic Licence provides for a “Test & Tune” day on Friday 29 September 2017, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The Licence on this day is non-exclusive and the river is available for use by all vessel operators. However, caution should be exercised and vessel operators should look out for and be aware of race craft and skiers in the Area.
MAPS & CHARTS AFFECTED
Roads and Maritime Boating Maps – 2B & 2C
For further information concerning this Navigation Advice, please contact Boating Safety Officer Luke Tucker, Maritime Operations Division, Roads and Maritime on: 0428 243 100.
MARINE NOTICE NH1773