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Marinas are experiencing a spike in
calls for trailer storage and small
berthing, as new regulations look
to get boats off the streets. Councils in key
Sydney suburbs can now impound boats
and trailers parked on residential streets.
The move comes amid calls for
improved management of boat trailer
parking to encourage off-street storage.
“ We’re seeing increase enquiry over
the last few weeks for trailer storage and
small berthing now this is in effect,” said
Richard O’Connor, General Manager,
Boat owners must move their trailers
and boats to a new street every 28 days
after the NSW Government amended laws
on July 1, 2016.
Council rangers have powers to
impound boats and trailers after providing
owners 15 days’ notice. Boat owners must
move their trailers and boats at least a
block away after being issued the move-
“It’s clearly having the desired effect
because we’re getting calls from people
who don’t want that kind of bother on
a regular basis,” said Mr O’Connor. “It’s
a huge inconvenience to keep moving
around, but there are affordable solutions
if you find a marina with space.”
That space is now at a premium as boat
owners scramble to get off the streets and
into low-cost storage.
“ Sirsi has been assessing the regulatory
changes and working with Horse Shoe
Cove Marine to provide competitive pricing
to prepare smaller vessels to stay on water,”
said Mr O’Connor.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
ABOUT THE IMPOUNDING
The Impounding Amendment
(Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 allows
councils and impounding authorities
to take impounding action against boat
trailers parked for more than 28 days.
Boat trailers must move every 28 days
at least as far as a different block.
Council must provide notice of at least
15 days before impounding a trailer.
Three councils are active in the pilot
program: Canada Bay City Council,
Northern Beaches Council (former
Pittwater LGA), and Woollahra Municipal
By 1 October 2016, all pilot councils
will have in place a publicly available
draft boat-trailer impounding policy
outlining their powers, declared areas and
The Office of Local Government (OLG)
will review the pilot process with councils,
and industry groups, and issue guidelines
for all councils and impounding authorities
about future implementation of the new
FIVE THINGS TO CONSIDER
FOR TRAILER STORAGE NEEDS
Close to carpark: The best Marinas
will provide trailer storage close to car
parking to ensure easy access.
Boat ramp access: Ask your Marina
about the proximity of boat ramp access
from the trailer storage area to ensure you
can conveniently launch your boat, and
then leave the trailer nearby.
Security: Ensure your Marina has
public webcam access to all areas of the
facility to ensure your boat and trailer
Shelter: The last thing you want is
wind or storm damage, so ensure that
your marina offers adequate protection
for your boat and trailer needs.
Professional services: Whether
it’s casual or leased mooring, or trailer
storage, having shipwright, mechanical
and electrical services on-site provide
peace of mind and added security. h
* Sirsi Marina is a private marine facility
offering berths, swing moorings, and trailer
boat storage with easy access in a sheltered
position on Pittwater. See sirsimarina.com.au
for more details.
Other dry stack facilities
available around Sydney are:
Sydney Harbour Boat Storage, White
Bay 6 Marine Park; Sydney Boathouse,
Rozelle Bay; Cockatoo Boat Storage,
Cockatoo Island; d’Albora Marinas,
Akuna Bay; High ’n Dry storage, Kurnell
and Birkenhead Point Marina.
Marinas scramble amid trailer
boat storage spikes
Meanwhile, Transport for NSW has
invited applications for grants that will
help launch new boat trailer storage
ideas and free up parking spaces in high-
Up to $5 million in funding will be
available through the Boat Trailer Storage
Grants Program for facilities that will help
tackle the growing issue of long-term boat
trailer parking in residential streets.
Keeping boats on trailers is the most
common form of boat storage in NSW,
with over 204,000 boat trailers currently
registered with Roads and Maritime
Services (RMS). A significant number of
those are parked on residential streets.
The Impounding Act 1993 was amended
with effect from 1 July 2016 to allow council
and other enforcement officers to ‘opt in’
to take impounding action against boat
trailers parked for more than 28 days
within declared areas.
The Canada Bay City Council, Northern
Beaches Council (in the former Pittwater
Council area only) and Woollahra
Municipal Council have applied the new
impounding powers as part of a pilot
program since July 2016.
The Grants Program is open to all
interested parties including councils,
businesses, community groups and the
boating industry. Priority will be given
to proposals focused on areas where the
Impounding Act amendments are in effect.
Applications under the Grants
Program will close on 2 December.
More information on applying for
a grant, including application forms
and assessment criteria, is available at:
Boat Trailer Storage Grants making space on our streets
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