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Moreton Bay Islands opportunities!!
As revealed in the Courier-Mail, CoreLogic statistics
show 3 of the Bay Islands as Top 5 Most Affordable
Suburbs. Median house prices from $199,500 for
Russell Island and $242,500 for Macleay Island.
The islands offer a unique lifestyle, with a friendly village
atmosphere, a scenic marine park environment, and with
essential shops, clubs and services here on the island
ready for you to enjoy. It is simply a great place to live, or
call it your home base.
Island investment properties show positive returns. If you
are seeking an investment home, and with the Weinam
Creek Development including marina starting soon now is
the time to investigate before the next tax year!
Whether you are looking to buy a property to live, a holiday
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Regulated parking restrictions
for Grey Nomads
Further to the issue of 90-day anchoring limits in NSW.
How long will it be before our ‘landlubber cousins’, the Grey
Nomads, are similarly restricted in their use of the ‘open road’ –
read lay-bys, country back roads, picnic sites, barbeque sites, etc,
to a similar 90-day period for the same spurious reasons as those
espoused by Angus Mitchell? (Afloat Ma r ’18 ))
Most caravans /campervans also do not have “sufficient sullage
capacity to support extended timeframes”. Grey Nomads, at least,
have the ability to utilise public toilets on a personal basis, plus
‘servos’, Macca’s, etc, or likewise empty porta potti type toilets
at public facilities.
forcing cruising vessels to utilize marina berths and commercial
The fees charged for a short term berth (if one happens to
be available) by most marinas in NSW are among the highest I
have encountered in my world travels. Boating should not just
be for the rich. Besides, many, if not most, cruisers would much
prefer to rest at anchor rather than be penned into a crowded
and noisy dock.
I would also point out that while the courtesy mooring provided
are a great and welcomed asset, they certainly don’t constitute
any encouragement “to make NSW a priority destination”.
They primarily benefit the day and local boaters. They provide
little benefit to cruising vessels or a meaningful alternative to
anchoring. Their 24-hour occupancy regulation means that a
vessel arriving after a full day or longer passage has to set off
the following day.
Thus, they neither provide an opportunity for needed rest
after a passage or time to enjoy and explore the locality reached.
A cruising boat is better off anchoring and not having to worry
about moving for a few days.
There needs to be a reformulation of the current anchoring
regulations that takes into consideration the actual needs of the
cruising boating community if Maritime seriously wants NSW to
be a priority destination as claimed by its director.
Cruisers, on the other hand have to travel possibly hundreds
of miles to find a pump-out facility, normally at a marina, for which
a fee is then charged. If councils can provide public amenities,
how about Maritime increasing the number of public pump-out
facilities instead of restricting anchoring to force us into marinas?
How many of the 27,000 moorings and marina berths are
occupied by liveaboard boatowners? How many public pump-out
facilities cater to this 27,000? Oh sorry! Too difficult basket.
The restriction on Grey Nomads would also prevent their
“circumventing” ie. avoiding, costly stays at caravan parks ... selfish
pensioners! This would recompense the park owners for their
public spirited generosity in creating the parks in much the same
way as cruisers are being expected to recompense marina owners!
Boosting the local economy and creating employment can be
viewed as additional reasons to justify the restriction.
Likewise, the “more permanent placement” of the campers/
caravans would ensure road design, signage, etc, was more camper/
caravan specific, traffic queues caused by two or more campers/
caravans travelling in convoy would be reduced, “ visual amenity”
of the roads improved, and a reduction in noise achieved for
There’s all the justification needed. Open and shut case!
Accolades to an exceptional
Boating Services Officer
Lake Macquarie BSO, Peter Brown, holds my highest regard
and appreciation for helping myself and other keelboat owners
keep up-to-date and informed on negotiating the shifting sands
of Swansea Channel.
Currently under a stop gap dredging operation to allow
temporary access to and from the channel, navigation marks
have been shifted, favoured sides of the channel changed and
‘Brownie’ is on top of it all.
I find Peter to be an exceptional and friendly ambassador with
a wealth of current information. Also a shout out for the fantastic
service provided by our local Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie.
Lake Macquarie, NSW.
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