End of Life Vessels

Transport for NSW has released its consultation paper on ELVs. All members are encouraged to have their say on this very important topic.

The consultation paper can be found here

We would welcome input from members with ideas - please email your comments to admin@boatowners.org.au or feel free to contact Andrew McKinnon (BOA Treasurer) on 0412 40 1102

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Unattended Property Regulations 

New regulations have been released which deal with a wide variety of "unattended property in public places in NSW.
Boats and trailers are included in the regulations, as well as caravans, box trailers and the like.

For details on the new regulations click here

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Dogs on the beach

It has been brought to our attention that NPWS rangers have been accosting boaters who set their dog ashore in Broken Bay. A jurisdictional issue arises here where NPWS has no control or management of the intertidal lands adjoining National Parks land (their boundary being MHWM). We are in possession of written confirmation from DoI – Lands (Crown Lands), who have control and management of the sea bed below MHWM, stating that Crown Lands has no policy with respect to the casual movement of dogs across its intertidal.”

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Northern Beaches parking

At our recent meeting with local boatowners in the Northern Beaches Council area, the issue of parking restrictions was raised. On behalf of our members, this is being followed up with the local council.

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Boating in Cabbage Tree Bay is under threat

Your committee is looking into this to ensure safe and enjoyable boating can be maintained  by all while protecting the environment in this only safe shelter between Sydney Harbour and Pittwater

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Sydney Harbour

Spring Cove

Where can we anchor, 50m from Mean High Water, or 50m from shore.  RMS is not clear on this.

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Damage by yachts that broke their mooring

We have been made aware of insurance not paying for damage caused by vessels they insured after braking loose from their mooring,. If you have experienced this, you can contact us via the contact page of this website with the details enabling us to look into this for you.

Meantime, we had a fruitful meeting with one insurance company. The notes on this meeting can be read by clicking here

Sea grass moorings

The BOA has made an extensive submission to the Marine Estate Management Authority on the specific issue of casual anchoring over sea grass beds. To view the submission please click here.

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Pollution

All boaters are reminder that under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act), it’s an offence to pollute any waters, unless permitted under a licence issued by the Environment Protection Authority. Maritime officers can issue on-the-spot infringement notices of $7,500 to an individual or $15,000 to a corporation where cases of pollution from vessels are detected.
To read more click here

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Moorings review

Roads and Maritime Services did commenced a review of mooring management practices in the NSW waterways in 2018  This review build on earlier work undertaken in 2015. The BOA made a comprehensive submission to RMS on this matter . The review committee has been dissolved  early 2020 and we are now awaiting where NSW Transport is going to take us