Navigation Restriction - Shaws Bay, East Ballina - Dragon boat races

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Shaws Bay, East Ballina
Dragon boat races
11:00am to 4:00pm – Saturday 18 August 2018
7:00am  to 4:00pm –  Sunday 19 August 2018


Vessel operators are advised that a Special Event pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998 is to be held on Shaws Bay, adjacent to Pop Denison Park at East Ballina, from 11:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday 18 August, and from 7:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday 19 August 2018.


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Roads and Maritime has granted an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club Inc to conduct the event, and an Exclusion Zone (‘the Zone’) will be established on the navigable waters of Shaws Bay adjacent to Pop Denison Park. The course will extend approximately 500 metres North/East and approximately 500 metres South/ West from a positon close to the centre of Shaws Bay between the above times and  dates. The Zone will be marked with a series of high visibility buoys with safety and monitoring craft in attendance.


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 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)

Access to Shaws Bay is unrestricted and via normal informal locations. Users must navigate and swim outside of the buoyed course area so as not to interfere with the Zone. Users operating in 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, NSW Roads & Maritime Services phone: 0418 660769


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