Wanaka Sun       

New rules for boaties this summer

Posted at 5:51am Thursday 27 Dec, 2018 | By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

New rules are in force on the Clutha River this summer, with the Navigation Safety Bylaw 2018 in play since December 1.

The biggest change recreational boaties will need to know these holidays is that they can't take their jet boats or jet skis down the Clutha River from the lake. There is a ban on recreational powered vessels on the area of the river from the Lake Wanaka Outlet to Albert Town Bridge between December 1 and April 30.

Passive users of this stretch of the river should note that resource consent holders, the Harbourmaster and his team, and people authorised by the QLDC can still operate in this area.

A year-long permanent speed uplifting between Albert Town Bridge and Red Bridge is also now in effect.

The Harbourmaster and Deputy Harbourmaster will be on and around the water over the holidays, and have a particular focus on the wearing of lifejackets. There are a number ways you could be hit with a fine of up to $500 this summer, including failing to carry lifejackets to fit each person on board a vessel, failing to wear a lifejacket on board a recreational craft 6m and under, towing a person from a vessel who is not wearing a lifejacket and being that towed person without a lifejacket on.

The message QLDC has for locals and holiday-makers alike is to ”keep water safety front of mind if spending time with family and friends at our lakes and rivers, especially with young children”.




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