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Located at the heart of the Kuring-gai National
Park. Easy, secure parking available on-site.
Water, ice, fuel and shipwright facilities.
Marina cleat hazard
Cleats are an invaluable necessity for securing one’s boat on a
marina. They can, however, be the cause of some serious injuries
to the unwary. There are not many boaties or visitors who have
not kicked or tripped on a cleat at some time.
My wife while hurrying to assist me unload got her foot
caught under a cleat and her forward momentum caused to fall
flat on her face and inflict injuries which would sicken you to see.
Pump out facility
As a trailer boat owner I
like to use the boat in the same
way as many people would use
their caravan. That is to go to
different places and stay for
several days or weeks.
In September my wife and
I decided to revisit a fabulous
waterway which we had not
done for many years – Cowan
Creek and the Hawkesbury
River. The time came to empty
the porta potty and our RMS download showed NO portable
toilet emptying facilities for the whole of the Hawkesbury.
However, it did show a public wharf with a pump out facility
at Kangaroo Point so we headed to this wharf hoping it also had
a porta potty emptying facility. It did. So we drew alongside and
tied up. But it was padlocked.
Undaunted, I walked to the boat hire/marina adjacent to the
wharf to make enquiries for a key. I was informed that they had
left many messages with Hornsby Council in order to obtain a
key, to help other small boat owners, but had had no response to
any of their calls. The phone number was attached to the facility
and I was wished lots of luck in getting a response.
Maybe it was just my lucky day, but 15 minutes later I received
a return call from Anna. (Well done Hornsby Council!). Anna
explained that I was the only person to call in the last three years!
Further, the council could not justify the cost of the facility’s
operation! Hence the facility would remain locked!
These facilities are operated by the boat owners and surely
the only additional cost is that of electricity to pump the effluent
from the wharf to the sewer which is an automatic operation
started when the lid of the facility is closed by the boat owner.
Shame on you Hornsby Council for promoting pollution of
these beautiful waterways ahead of minor costs.
Not only should this facility be unlocked and returned to
24/7 usage as it is the only portable toilet emptying facility (as
opposed to the many large boat pump out facilities) on the lower
Hawkesbury, but also 4-5 additional units should be installed
for those hundreds of small boat owners with portable toilets
who use these waterways every week.
I work at a facility on the pristine waters of the Hawkesbury
River System. Lately these pristine waters are being polluted by
boat owners who have decided the lovely, secluded bay where our
marina is located is the perfect spot to discharge their black water!
It seems like every Saturday morning I’m greeted by the sight
of someone’s sewerage floating along the river between Akuna
Bay and Cottage Point. Not only is this illegal and damaging to
the environment, it’s inconsiderate to the wake boarders, water
skiers and swimmers, who might unwittingly find themselves in
the middle of this muck.
No discharge zones include all inland waterways (like the
Hawkesbury River System), intermittently opening lagoons,
Aquatic Reserves and Marine Parks, and all waters within 500
metres of aquaculture, bathing, mooring and anchoring areas,
persons in the water, beaches and marinas.
With so many marinas offering complimentary pump out
facilities, I can’t understand why people would choose to
contaminate the beautiful waterways where they go boating.
Whoever these “poo-lluters” are, please stop treating Coal &
Candle Creek as your personal toilet bowl and use a pump-out
NFP aka Capt. Planet,
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