Regulate dangerous jet ski activity at Sunshine Coast waterways.

Regulate dangerous jet ski activity at Sunshine Coast waterways.

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Greg Poultney started this petition to Maritime Queensland and

PETITION
Regulate dangerous jet ski activity at Sunshine Coast waterways.

We the undersigned request the relevant local and state authorities;
1. Adopt the same rules, regulations and definitions for the use of Personal Watercraft at - Caloundra Bar (Happy Valley) - Maroochydore Rivermouth and Mooloolaba Rivermouth/ Point Cartwright - that exist on the Gold Coast for Currumbin Ally and Tallebudgera Creek.
2. Adopt the same tow in surfing rules code of conduct and definitions as supported by Maritime Queensland and Surfing Queensland. http://jetskilicence.com.au/images/tow_in_surfing_code_conduct.pdf
3. Enforce the existing rules of the waterway and issue fines to offenders in the interim
4. Erect safe boat/ personal responsibility safety signs at key boat ramps in identified areas.

We would like to bring to the attention to the relevant local and state authorities the increasing incidents of dangerous free-styling and tow in activities of jet skis at close proximities to surfers and other recreational users, on these water-ways.

In particular Happy Valley is heavily used by surf schools, surfers of all ages, stand-up paddle boards, surf skis, outriggers, kite surfers and families.

Many freestylers choose to ignore the distance off requirements from shore, the 60metre or 6 knots safe speed rule from swimmers and the 30 metre and 10 knots rule from other craft, creating dangerous situations as they co mingle with low impact craft and deteriorate conditions with their wash.

Local water police have advised there is nothing they can do unless there is an incident.

The dangerous and often illegal activities by a minority of jet ski riders impacts negatively on their sport and creates tension, angry interactions and unsafe situations in the water.

 

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