Increased Boating Activity in the Central West

30 November 2011

There has been a flurry of boating activity in the Central West recently with plenty of water in most of the dams and inland waterways for the first time in years, NSW Maritime Hunter/ Inland Regional Manager Sonia McKay said.

Ms McKay said the upcoming summer boating season was shaping up to be very busy.

“It’s going to be a bumper year for boating in and around Dubbo and the Central West,” Ms McKay said.

“NSW Maritime staff at Dubbo have recently received a wide range of enquiries in relation to licensing, registration and safety equipment requirements.”

“Boat owners are literally pulling the boat out of the shed and dusting it off for the first time in a long time, and there are also quite a few proud new owners of boats in the Central West area.”

Ms McKay said compared to the 2010 September quarter, there were 584 more boats registered (up from 1012) in the Central West area and 383 more boat licences (up from 732) in the 2011 September quarter.

“To account for the extra boating activity in the region, beginning December, there will be a dedicated Boating Safety Officer (BSO) based permanently in the Dubbo/ Central West area,” Ms McKay said.

“BSO Jim Canning will move between waterways in the area, providing advice to local boaters and checking compliance with safety regulations and equipment requirements.”

NSW Maritime is based within the Roads and Maritime Services Dubbo office, at 260 Macquarie St. The NSW Maritime office was previously open three days a week for boating enquiries, but now operates five days per week.

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