Trial four knot limit for Bun­da­long La­goon

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

A trial ‘sea­sonal’ speed limit of four knots for pow­ered ves­sels on the Bun­da­long La­goon has been in place since De­cem­ber 21.

Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mar­itime An­gus Mitchell said the sum­mer sea­son would see an in­flux of vis­i­tors to Bun­da­long La­goon, with the trial seek­ing to im­prove the en­joy­ment of the wa­ter­way for boaters, swim­mers and pad­dle­craft.

“This speed limit is be­ing tri­alled to cater for the ex­pected in­flux of vis­i­tors and will al­low for safe and shared en­joy­ment of the wa­ter­way with mo­torised boats and wa­ter­craft such as kayaks,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Bun­da­long La­goon is a shel­tered sec­tion of wa­ter off the main Mur­ray River chan­nel where the shore­line fronts Phalaris Lane, Gra­ham Av­enue and Lake­side Drive and by Jack­son Is­land and Thomp­son Is­land to the north.”

Mr Mitchell said fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the trial at the end of Easter next year, Roads and Mar­itime will carry out com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion to fur­ther in­form an eval­u­a­tion of the trial.

“Roads and Mar­itime will in­stall new speed limit signs along the shore­line ahead of the Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod to en­sure all users of the wa­ter­way are aware of the trial speed limit,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Boaters should op­er­ate to the con­di­tions and ac­cord­ing to the signs, and be aware that once the signs are in place, fines can be is­sued for breaches of the speed limit.

“Safety on NSW wa­ter­ways re­mains a pri­or­ity for the NSW Gov­ern­ment and all ves­sel op­er­a­tors are en­cour­aged to con­tinue com­ply­ing with all wa­ter­way signs and di­rec­tions.”

The Mar­itime Safety Plan aims to re­duce the rate of fa­tal­i­ties and se­ri­ous in­juries on NSW wa­ter­ways by 30 per cent by the end of 2021.

For more in­for­ma­tion on boat­ing safety, visit Roads and Mar­itime.

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