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Well may Graeme Andrews ask ‘South Steyne quo vadis? ’
(Afloat Apr ’16)
His story brings back fond memories for me, as a trip with
my Dad to Sydney had to include a ride on the great South Steyne
to Manly. Graeme’s photos of the 1974 fire showed the ornate
engine observation railing that permitted this youngster to gaze
down in awe at that massive engine as it calmly steamed away
from the Quay.
I hung off that self-same railing taking in the sounds and
smells, only to briefly break away to the foredeck in the hope
that a heavy swell would greet us with a face full of sea spray as
we passed by the Heads.
So where do we go to preserve this icon of our history? I know
not. It’s a common problem to find the huge dollars required
for such a task.
Castle Hill, NSW.
(eg. speeding, irregular manoeuvres, not registered) contact
maritime on 131 236. If it is due to jet ski and trailer parking or
on the beach (read that to mean where the water ends and sand
begins) then call council on 4325 8222 and report it to the ranger.
Let us retain our restful and enjoyable beaches as places
we go for relaxation to unwind from the working week. Let the
Brisbane waterway of the Central Coast be jet ski free. Why should
the enjoyment of many be spoilt by just a few?
I would like to thank Craig McGill for taking exception at my
letter regarding marine reserves (Afloat May’16), as it was good
motivation to become reacquainted with the latest scientific
papers on the benefits (or otherwise) of No-Take zones.
After spending some time researching the latest findings, it is
indeed true that some no take zones can be too small for some
species that are adjacent to heavily fished areas.
Thus Craig has helped me update my opinion, as the science
indicates that bigger is better and that multiple zones should
be organized into a comprehensive network. So rather than just
protecting the No-take zones that we currently have, I am now a
strong advocate for larger and more frequent zones.
Failing that, I am reassured that the science indicates that even
small zones can have a very valuable effect for the preservation,
distribution and resilience of many species, if not all.
Perhaps more no-take zones will indeed increase
overcrowding of fisher folk in other areas, but my previous point
about overcrowding was not specific to just one group of the
Stirring the waters
Regarding Murray Braund’s letter about the appalling and
hazardous boat behaviour he experienced one morning (Afloat
Apr’16). Can I just say this: get a life, mate.
To my knowledge there is no speed limit on Cowan Creek
and even if there was who is going to police it? If I passed you
with 50m of clear water, the wash I make eventually settles and
the jet skis just love it so why all the fuss. Do you want me to
use the Pacific Highway?
By the way, it is you who is responsible for your passengers,
not me. If they cannot hang on when a wash is coming, better
to leave the scone grabbers at home. You should also keep your
hatches shut if your freeboard is so low. Anyhow, 25 litres isn’t
exactly an Olympic swimming pool is it.
As for you telling me to slow down, and chasing me in your
rubber duckie. Mate, you didn’t have any flashing red and blue
lights. You could have been a drug running hijacker or worse, a
tax agent, for all I know.
I was on a voyage to Refuge Bay to meet up with other like
minded friends for drinkies, so don’t call me anti-social or
inconsiderate. Nor can you call me arrogant because you don’t
know who I am. I might also add that Fluffy needed to go to the
toilet on the beach urgently that morning.
You whingers make me sick, where is the fun of having an
8 knot limit in the National park, it would take forever to get
anywhere. How boring, an hour to get to Refuge Bay, and what
next, banning generators and blue lights?
One need only visit Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve to see
the many people whose recreation is supported by that small
bay: swimmers, snorkellers, kayakers, divers, cruising boats
at anchor all share the water. Their economic activity adds to
that of the onshore recreation, supporting a vibrant cafe and
restaurant culture in the district. Thus recreation and commercial
interests are supported by that reserve in much greater density
than was the case as I remember the bay when it was a denuded
If Craig wishes to avoid being ‘Locked out’, he can simply put
down his rod and enter any of the zones and share the enjoyment
of the fish with a greater number of people.
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