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  • March 18, 2016

Roads and Maritime Services has launched a program to help boaters dispose of expired flares, with mobile collections set up along the NSW coastline until the end of May.


A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the flare collection program would continue to allow flares to be disposed of safely and conveniently.


“This important initiative allows boaters to dispose of old flares responsibly and promotes a culture of safer boating,” the spokesperson said.


“Marine flares can signal someone is in trouble and help provide a location for aircraft or vessels engaged in a search and rescue.


“Generally, a minimum of two red hand flares and two orange smoke flares are required on all vessels operating in open waters.


“Most flares have a use-by-date of three years and must be replaced before expiry.


“Penalties apply for not carrying current flares on a vessel, so it is vital boat owners regularly check and replace flares.


“By holding collection days Roads and Maritime hopes to also remind boaters to check their safety equipment regularly.


“Until May boaters can take old flares to various sites along the coast. From there the flares will be disposed of by a Roads and Maritime approved contractor.”


The spokesperson said the expired flare collection program complements other boating safety initiatives including the Old4New lifejackets program.


Flare collection dates and locations include:


•           Saturday 19 March 12pm-3pm at the Rose Bay boat ramp, Lyne Park, Rose Bay

•           Sunday 20 March 7am-10am at the Dolans Bay boat ramp, Wally’s Wharf, Dolans Bay


Flare collection is no longer available at any service centres, registries or maritime sites.


For more information on flare disposal options visit and search for ‘flare’.


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