Partnership delivers safer recreation on our rivers
  • Thursday 18 September 2008

The Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with Maritime Safety Queensland, will tomorrow (Thursday, 18 September) set out new designated zones for the commercial operation of jet skis on the Maroochy and Noosa rivers.

Division 10 Councillor Paul Tatton, who holds Council’s Service Delivery portfolio, said the initiative would help control jet ski traffic and enhance safety for all who visit the rivers.

“Council’s Waterways Team will be out on the rivers tomorrow, working with Maritime Safety Queensland, to deploy marker buoys in order to have the zones clearly marked before the school holidays,’’ Cr Tatton said.

“So many people love to get out and about on our rivers, especially in holiday time and the hiring of jet skis is part of that. Clearly it’s important to regulate areas where this activity is permitted, in order to ensure everyone can safely enjoy these wonderful waterways.”

Maritime Safety Queensland has identified commercial jet ski areas adjacent to the northern bank of the Noosa River near North Shore and beside the northern bank of the Maroochy River near Twin Waters. Council and Maritime Safety officers will tomorrow set out navigation aids – a series of yellow buoys – at both locations.

Cr Tatton said that while Maritime Safety Queensland is responsible for maritime safety issues, Council will be involved in an ongoing regulatory role.

“This initiative is a good example of how this Council works in partnership with State Government agencies to deliver good results for our communities,” Cr Tatton said.

For more information, visit the Maritime Safety Queensland website.