In what's been labelled the biggest reform to Australia's maritime sector in more than 100 years, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority is the new national regulator for commercial vessels. Previously, different state bodies administering different regulations assumed this responsibility. The new national system and legislation replaces 50 Acts and eight systems. From July 1, the new system removes barriers of trade for those travelling between state waters.
Gold Coast ahoy!
With just a week remaining until entries close for the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 47 vessels have entered, but that is likely to top 50 when the contest gets under way on July 27. The race is a feeder event for race weeks in Airlie and Hamilton Island. Last year, Bob Oatley's super maxi Wild Oats XI took its third consecutive line honours win in the 384-nautical-miler.
Boaters on the NSW South Coast are being warned to navigate with extra caution after navigation markers were washed away by floodwaters on St Georges Basin, Sussex Inlet, Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven River. This means serious hazards such as rocky outcrops aren't flagged. Waterways further south are also likely to be affected. Report displaced markers by calling 13 12 56.
Roads and Maritime Services has been found guilty of failing to consult with the community and stakeholders in its issuing of an aquatic licence for a Sydney Harbour heliport. Boaters are among those who expressed a collective sigh of relief that helicopters won't be landing on the harbour.
A reader from Rose Bay has written to express his frustration that his local streets have been parked out by trailerboats. This occurred the moment Woollahra Council put one-day-a-week parking restrictions on the perimeter of Royal Sydney and Woollahra golf courses. "I don't know what sparked this, though one could suggest somebody powerful with an agenda was the cause, but you don't need to be a genius to work out what happened next!" he writes. "That's right, all the boats get parked in the adjacent streets and not alongside the golf courses." A case of NIMBY council aesthetes ruining it for everyone including the trailerboat owners.