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Retract the 5 knot speed limit in the channel entry to the Stage 1 canals, South Yunderup.

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The 5 knot speed limit is creating a boating/environmental hazard because larger boats traveling at the low speed are ploughing the bottom of the channel & causing a big increase in the dispersing of black sludge drifting shoreward. (Not to mention damage to engines ingesting all the sludge) The channel is narrow and shallow (low tide 600mm deep in some sections), where any movement outside of the channel will result in running aground. To try and navigate larger boats or party pontoons with a sea breeze blowing at such a slow speed, results in boats zig-zagging through the channel and raises many safety issues. It is very dangerous as boats try to pass each other when they have limited control of their boat. At low tide, this is exacerbated as no one wants to move across too much, due to the risk of running aground. The 20 minutes journey through the channel markers doing 5 knots is now downright dangerous. Boats are zig-zagging due to lack of control in windy conditions and placing smaller boats at risk, or relying on smaller boats to move outside the markers to accommodate their poor steerage.



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