A fishing boat hits the water on Noosa River. Photo: Lachie Millard
A fishing boat hits the water on Noosa River. Photo: Lachie Millard

Increased presence on waterways a sign of the times

Noosa River boaties will see a literal sign of Maritime Safety Queensland’s increased presence on local waterways from this weekend.

Maritime Safety Queensland general manager Angus Mitchell said a Speed Awareness Monitor sign had been installed at Munna Point to help boaties stick to the speed limit.

Mr Mitchell stressed the $5000 monitor was intended to alert boaties to adjust their speed but would not be used to issue infringements.

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He said the sign was another step in increasing a presence in the region.

“Maritime Safety Queensland and its compliance partners will continue to conduct enforcement and awareness campaigns wherever they see a need,” he said.

“Last weekend our marine officers carried out a multi-agency operation to address community concerns about the behaviour of younger boat operators.

“One of the major concerns was juveniles operating vessels with engines either modified to exceed six horsepower or larger engines disguised to look like six horsepower engines.

“While there are fines for this, importantly these engines pose a safety risk.

“They accelerate faster, are heavier and harder to handle and are a lot quicker through the water. In young, inexperienced and unlicensed hands this is a recipe for a serious incident.

“An MSQ marine surveyor and a marine mechanic inspected a dozen suspect outboards confirming half had been modified or disguised.

“We are now more aware of individuals involved in this problem behaviour which will help us come up with better solutions for them and the community.”