New re­stric­tions in force

COM­MU­NITY SAFETY CON­CERNS SPARK RE­VIEW

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THERE will be changes to how water­craft can use the Cock­burn coast­line af­ter a Depart­ment of Trans­port safety re­view.

SAFETY con­cerns have led to the Depart­ment of Trans­port in­tro­duc­ing sweep­ing changes to how water­craft can use the coast­line be­tween Fre­man­tle and Port Kennedy.

The depart­ment re­leased the South Metropoli­tan Aquatic Use Re­view last Novem­ber, ask­ing the com­mu­nity for feed­back to sev­eral pro­pos­als af­fect­ing the Fre­man­tle and Cock­burn coast­lines.

Changes in­cluded a new para­sail and wa­ter ski area near Wood­man Point, a new 200m water­craft re­stricted area from Port Coogee to the Am­mu­ni­tion Jetty and new eight-knot speed lim­its from the Fre­man­tle Sail­ing Club to the Port Coogee Ma­rina.

The depart­ment’s nav­i­ga­tional safety and moor­ings man­ager Mark Bri­ant said while there had been strong sup­port to ban mo­torised ves­sels at South Beach fol­low­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, the pro­posal to al­low ve­hi­cle ac­cess to a 30m sec­tion of beach south of the Fre­man­tle Sail­ing Club would not go ahead.

“A new closed wa­ters zone ban­ning mo­torised ves­sels will now ex­tend the en­tire length of South Beach, from the Fre­man­tle Sail­ing Club groyne to the sec­ond groyne to the south, and ex­tend­ing 125m from shore,” he said.

“The amended pro­posal has the sup­port of the City of Fre­man­tle and the Fre­man­tle Sail­ing Club, which will con­tinue to have lim­ited ac­cess to the area for train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties via an ex­emp­tion which will be closely mon­i­tored by DoT.

“Per­sonal water­craft freestylin­g will be al­lowed at the wa­ter ski area north of Wood­man Point, but the pro­posal to ex­tend the beach take-off and land­ing area will not pro­ceed.”

Fre­man­tle Sail­ing Club com- modore Terry Baker said the club sup­ported the push to en­sure a safer en­vi­ron­ment for the boat­ing pub­lic and beach­go­ers.

“In con­ced­ing ac­cess to the beach by pow­ered ves­sels, the club’s pre­ferred po­si­tion was to re­tain a nar­row ac­cess cor­ri­dor, but recog­nise and ac­cept the strong feed­back from the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

City of Cock­burn in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices man­ager Doug Vick­ery said the City was sup­port­ive of boat­ing re­stric­tions along its coast­line.

“Most par­tic­u­larly the speed re­stric­tions and boat­ing pro­hi­bi­tion ar­eas in the vicin­ity of our prime beach­goer swim­ming ar­eas. The City is also ap­pre­cia­tive of the ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion process un­der­taken by the depart­ment,” he said.

Changes are ex­pected to be im­ple­mented in May.

Visit www.trans­port.wa.gov.au/south­metrore­view for de­tails.

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