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  • May 20, 2016
Boaters in the Central Coast area this weekend will have the opportunity to access Roads and Maritime Services' final mobile collection point for expired flares.

Roads and Maritime Services Maritime Director Angus Mitchell said Roads and Maritime managed a roving program to provide boaters with safe and convenient flare disposal during the 2015-16 boating season, with mobile collections set up along the NSW coastline. The program will continue at the start of the next boating season, in October.

“The final collection point for this boating season will be at Terrigal Haven boat ramp on Sunday 22 May between 7am and 10am,” Mr Mitchell said.

“This important initiative provides boaters the opportunity to dispose of old flares responsibly and promotes a culture of safer boating.

“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.”

Mr Mitchell said the expired flare collection program complements other boating safety initiatives including the Old4New lifejackets program.

Expired 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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