NSW Maritime to promote safe boating at Melbourne Boat Show

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Melbourne Boat Show 2011 is to be held 9th to 13th June at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre.

NSW Maritime staff will work closely with the Marine Safety Victoria team to promote safe boating during the Show this weekend.

NSW Maritime Acting Regional Manager Steve Brown said the joint efforts of both agencies were important in improving safety on the Murray River and the Melbourne Boat Show provided a great opportunity to raise awareness and provide safety information and advice to boaters on a range of issues including the NSW lifejacket rules.

'Promoting safe and responsible boating is the focus, especially when it comes to wakeboarding, water-skiing, speed, wash and towing issues.' Mr Brown said.

'A large number of people who go boating on the Murray are from Victoria so the joint approach of both the NSW and Victorian agencies is an important safety partnership.

'Between 1st December 2009 and 13th February 2010, four fatal boating accidents and seven serious injuries occurred on the Murray River.

'As a consequence, a review of boating safety on the Murray River was conducted in 2010 and included extensive consultation in addition to expert advice from NSW Maritime, Boating Safety Officers (BSO) and NSW Police together with Maritime Safety Victoria.

'A plan to improve safety on the Murray River is now underway.'

Mr Brown said some of the key safety areas would be a focus for the Melbourne Boat Show safety displays including prop strike prevention, towing safety tips, responsible boating tips and the new lifejacket rules in NSW.

'Staff will be available at the NSW Maritime stand to provide advice and assistance to those attending the Show,' Mr Brown said.

'This show is part of NSW Maritime’s ongoing education and communication program to promote safe and responsible boating.'

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