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Jet ski-free zones
Recently I witnessed two adults paddling their canoe at
Ettalong Beach area near Half Tide Rocks on the Central Coast.
They were swamped by the wake of the jet skis using that section
of the beach for constant landings. Fortunately the two adults
manage to raise attention and were rescued to shore.
This accident should not have happened. It is a shame that
the safe, quiet little beaches between Half Tide Rocks and the
Rip Bridge have been inundated by these watercraft using it as
This should be a restricted area for jet skis. Safety is of primary
importance to our community. Maritime Services, water police
and council need a unified approach to this influx of jet skis.
We have given authority to these bodies to act on our behalf to
safeguard our use of these waters.
Swimmers and beach goers need to be protected and not
exposed to danger. The recent presence of a lifeguard station
at Half Tide Rocks shows that our wonderful voluntary surf club
is trying to watch over beach users.
Surely a restrictive jet ski zone would assist to keep this leisure
area safe. If you have a jet ski complaint and it is ‘on the water’
Maritime Ser vices, despite their wonderful annuity from boat
ownership fees, has a bit to answer for as in my experience the
desk clerks are seconded from roads and are not possessed of
the requisite knowledge to understand these issues.
I think that for the foreseeable future MS needs to grow their
BSO numbers so that they can engage with mooring customers
from application to allotment and if required to enforcement.
We just have to hope that planning for marinas is on RMS’s
Courtesy moorings –
why carry an anchor?
It never ceases to amaze me when decisions are made by
government bodies how hard it is to find out who actually made
the initial decision.
I have spent all morning trying to find out who decided to
place two courtesy moorings just off the small beach between
Coasters Retreat and Currawong beach in Pittwater.
This is one of the few places left in Pittwater where one can
anchor close to a beach. Coasters Retreat has a million different
moorings which are available all year to caring/sharing boaties and
they are within spitting distance of these courtesy moorings. And
yet these courtesy moorings prevent anchoring close to shore!
There is NO seagrass in this area (it starts further along the
shore), eliminating the environmental damage argument. I am
not criticizing the staff of Maritime but firstly I was told there
were no moorings in the area. After informing them I went past
them yesterday. I was put onto a very helpful and amicable
boating officer, who said he was unable to tell me who made the
decision, only that money had been put aside for this purpose.
Anchoring is one of the skills boaties had to have. Now you
go from marina to mooring. Why bother carrying an anchor? Why
bother learning how to anchor? All the places where one can
anchor away from other boats are slowly disappearing in Pittwater
and the Harbour with the proliferation of manmade obstacles.
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