The Maroochy River is set to receive a new, permanent marine safety system today after public consultation.
Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said it was important this regularly used river was safe for all users.
“The community feels very strongly about this safety of this river. The changes are complimenting existing legislation to keep the river safe,” Ms Simpson said.
“Two reports, public consultation and many work hours from a group of key community stakeholders have taken place to see these new recommendations come to fruition.
“This is a simple and cost-effective measure to keep a high-level of marine safety on the river.
Key elements of the new marine safety system include:
· new and improved warning signs to warn waterway users of specific hazards or obstructions
· new and improved signs for speed limits
· new speed limits of six knots for all vessels in the upper reaches of creeks
· a new speed limit of 20 knots for all vessels upstream of the David Low Bridge through shallow areas near the Wetland Sanctuary and the Bli Bli Islands
· some new water skiing prohibitions, including an area of Eudlo Creek where only boats up to 6.1m with 1 tow line may water ski on the creek.
“There are maps to show the new speed limits and water skiing prohibitions on Maritime Safety Queensland’s website,” Ms Simpson said.
“They also include useful information on warning signs, which every user of the river should become familiar with.”
For more information on the changes, visit www.msq.qld.gov.au.