ATTENTION ALL TRAILER BOAT OWNERS…
North Sydney Council is once again seeking to ban boat trailers with a new complaints policy that could make whole streets no-parking zones for boats, while leaving box trailers free to park almost anywhere. You can read their draft proposals and HAVE YOUR SAY here. Trailer boat parking in the habourside North Sydney area is already regulated with 28-day move-on laws under the Impounding Act and, as of 2019, on-street parking bans for non-motorised vehicles in certain areas - bans which the Council had to narrow in response to opposition from boat-owning residents. Responsible boat owners believe these restrictions are more than enough for Council to resolve issues with hazardous or neglected trailers, if the Council had a genuine will to enforce them. Instead, the Council seems bent on regulating boat trailers out of existence under the guise of a complaints policy that amounts to a total betrayal of boat-owning residents. The BOA opposes the Council's move to minority-led blanket bans on trailer boat parking.
Where can we anchor, 50m from Mean High Water, or 50m from shore. RMS is not clear on this.
January 2020: We have been informed there is a Sydney Harbour council that decided to more than double the current storage costs for dinghies in its council area.
The BOA took this increase up with the council concerned.
If you are aware of NSW councils planning an increase like this, please contact us via the contact page of this website.
Who is responsible for the moorings in the National Parks?
A letter from John Vaughan appeared in the December issue of AFLOAT. The BOA has been arguing for a long time for safe moorings in NSW. His letter is in the letter section. Click here and read it in full. Please contact us via the contact page on this site to share your views and for us to follow up on it.
From Sail-world Cruising
A New South Welshman who was buying up well tired boats and then leaving them to complete their journey to Davey Jones' Locker on moorings around the State. Hopefully his fine of $66.000 is enough to deter him and also anyone else contemplating such a business model. for all the details click hear.
Yarra Bay Passenger Terminal
"The NSW Government has made the decision to place the Cruise Capacity Detailed
Business Case on hold for a period of up to 18 months."
Click here to read the press release.
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.
Transport for NSW is reviewing the Marine Pollution Act 2012.
BOA Members you are stake holders this affects you.
A discussion paper has been released to facilitate stakeholder input to the statutory review and is available here
Submissions can be made on the potential amendments in the discussion paper, or any other parts of the Act, by 16 October 2019 to email@example.com.
If you do, please copy the BOA as we will represent the members in these discussions.
Some moorings around the state of NSW are taken up by vessels who make the impression of having been abandoned. These vessels are using moorings where genuine boat owners are wait-listed for a mooring. Besides using mooring that could be used by others, they are often an eyesore in our beautiful waterways. The BOA supports the state Government departments responsible for clearing these vessels.
Some 140 people handed in their mooring license as a result of the current auditing program, see the "SAFETY" page of this site.
And if no action has been taken by the owner you see this on the vessel
Mooring Audit issues,
The BOA has been informed about an RMS office not knowing what a mooring was and didn't know what they had to do when presented with a mooring inspection receipt.
While RMS in Rozelle know what is involved, regional offices are not necessarily aware of their duties in this respect.
This being followed up with Transport NSW.
From Pittwater alone more than 50 have been removed and scrapped by one operator alone since the auditing started in June 2019.
Gladesdville Bridge Marina
Gladesville Bridge Marina: a marina on Sydney Harbour looking into the possibility of enhancing its ability to serve boating in Sydney by increasing the number of berth from 50 to 114 while reducing their swing moorings from 44 to 15. This would enhance their capacity by 35 vessels. The G.B.M statement as per January 2020 can be seen by clicking here.
West Conjola Ramp
The issue of Sand movement at boat ramps due to larger vessels, power launches and boat retrieval as well as its construction was on the agenda with the Shoalhaven Council but has been taken off the council project list. The BOA is following up on this in conjunction with MIDO.
Deeban Spit - Port Hacking
The Sutherland Shire Council seeks changes to Sydney Marine Park plans.
The changes will affect all boat owners. The BOA will be following up on this, but meantime have your say, click here to read more.
The Sutherland Shire council put out he their FAQ sites which can be read by clicking here
Oyster Cove and Tree Passage are in urgent need of dredging. The BOA is working with the local council and the government departments responsible to have this resolved as it affects business and boaters using and working in the area.
Batemans Bay - Bar
Following consultation with the BOA and local input, the NSW government agreed to have the Batemans Bay bar dredged.
We have been informed: dredging commenced early 2020.
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
The Google map photo shows the Manning River as being open, the reality is quite different. The river entrance is closed. While government money is available the bar is still not dredged, nor does it look like dredging is imminent, affecting local business and recreational boating activities. The BOA is communicating with those responsible .
Jervis Bay anchorages
Jervis Bay is a big open stretch of water with few safe anchorages. Some government moorings were taken out in September 2018. The BOA is working towards a solution of the safety issue this raises .
While it is affecting many of our members while enjoying their time on the water, bridge building will affect us. Please read what is going to happen by clicking here and have your say.
Batemans Bay Bridge
The current Batemans Bay bridge is to be replaced with a non-lifting bridge, restricting vessels with tall masts from entering the safe anchorages upstream in the Clyde River. Some additional moorings are to be provided down river from the new bridge and a T berth , shown in the photo, for short-term mooring by RMS.
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.
Roads and Maritime Services has commenced a review of mooring management practices in the NSW waterways - focusing, on Sydney Harbour and Pittwater. This review builds on earlier work undertaken in 2015. The BOA made a comprehensive submission to RMS on this matter - you can read it by clicking here.
Station Beach - Palm Beach
The council agreed to have a trial period for dogs off lead on Station Pier - Palm Beach. The BOA submitted a letter in support for the trial - you can read it by clicking here.