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News & Media

  • June 06, 2016

Roads and Maritime Services is urging people on South Coast waterways to avoid non-essential boating with the clean up under way after the weekend’s wild weather.

Roads and Maritime Services Principal Manager South Mike Hammond said all South Coast waterways, including the Shoalhaven, Clyde, Moruya and Bega rivers were impacted after the weekend’s excessive wind and rain.

“Roads and Maritime Services operational staff are busy removing debris from the water, reinstating navigation aids, buoys and signs and helping boat owners recover vessels,” Mr Hammond said.

“All non-essential boating should be postponed as there is a large amount of rubbish and debris, including trees and vegetation as well as building materials and other large items expected in the water.

“Some debris is obvious and some submerged or semi-submerged, which can be extremely hazardous for boaters.

“Additionally, the boat ramp pontoon at Quarantine Bay in Eden was damaged to the point where it is unusable and a large part of it appears to be missing.

“Many of the navigation aids which guide boaters away from hazards have washed away and although Boating Safety Officers are working hard to reinstate them, it could be several weeks before they are all back in the correct location which means dangerous areas could be left unmarked.

“Work is also under way to salvage and relocate boats which broke away from their moorings at various locations throughout the south coast, including Wollongong Harbour, Shoalhaven River and Jervis Bay.

“In the aftermath of major weather events such as these, it is timely to remind boat owners they have a responsibility to maintain moored vessels and moorings.

“Moorings must be serviced at least once a year with a proof of mooring service produced to Roads and Maritime Services boating safety officers on request.

“Holders of mooring licences are responsible for damage caused by their boat or mooring to any other vessel or property.

“Boat owners should check their moorings only if it is safe to do so,” Mr Hammond said.

For more information on mooring maintenance and boating safety, go to

Members of the community who notice a navigation aid is damaged or washed out of position should call Roads and Maritime on 13 12 36 on weekdays between 8.30am and 5pm or on weekends from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

For more information on boating safety go to and regular boating updates


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