Issue and status
|• Management - should there be a single authority?
||• One management body for the Port would be more efficient
||• No response from government.
|• Seagrasses - should there be protection of these from anchoring or impacts from boats?
||• Posidonia beds should be protected. Boats should be low speed over shallow seagrasses. Anchoring over seagrass should be discouraged.
||• Some boat users object to any controls. Fisheries yet to finalise a position. NSW Habitat Protection Plan requests boat users to be considerate.
|• The Basin - should there be increased protection for this unique area?
||• Power boats should not operate in the Basin, because of noise and fuel pollution. Human powered craft should be allowed.
||• Some boat users say that if power boats are restricted, no boats (viz kayaks) should be permitted.
• Some power boat users say no protection is justified.
|• Simpsons Bay - should there be increased controls over power vessels, to better protect the amenity of national park users, and nearby residents?
||• 4knot speed limit in multi-use areas on the Southern side, to protect low impact users, reduce PWC (jetski) nuisance, and protect amenity of the foreshores.
||• Some boat users say that no restrictions are acceptable
• Waterways resist increased noise controls over jetskis.
• NPWS is reviewing its management requirements.
|• Bonnie Vale - a boat ramp has been long sought by the Waterways Access group.
||• Bonnie Vale is a poor location for a ramp. An effective management program covering both foreshore and waterway should be a prerequisite to any such facility.
||• The proponents have declined to consider comprehensive controls.
• National Parks Association argue it should be Council responsibility, on Council land.
|• PWC (Jetskis) and power boats - noise nuisance in natural and residential areas.
||• The present approach is not working, An effective system of noise control zoning is needed.
||• Waterways resist stronger noise control and fail to enforce the present regulations.
|• Safety - protection of low impact users (swimmers, surfers, kayakers etc)
||• Low speed zones are required where powered vessels pose a threat to other users.
||• Some boat users accept reduced speeds off Horderns and Gunyah, but not elsewhere.
|• Foreshore harvesting - should controls be increased?
||• Harvesting of the foreshores should be better controlled.
• There shold be a study of sustainability of levels of bait pumping.
|• Fisheries have put in place temporary protection (till December). Awaiting views on bait pumping.
|• Facilities - what improvements should be made?
||• PHPS supports better rubbish collection, foreshore toilets, access.
||• Other views not known (apart from Bonnie Vale boat ramp).
|• Fishing - should there be more controls?
||• Better policing and education, but no new restrictions on fishing.
||• Other views not known.
|• Dredging - what should be done?
||• Channel maintenance, dredging but only within a total management program.
||• Some boat users want dredging on demand, without environment controls.
|• Boat sewage - should 'through the hull" disposal be banned?
||• A 'pump out only' policy if there is no other way to prevent unlicensed discharge of effluent in to the Port (the current law prohibits such discharge).
||• Some boat users claim sewage causes no harm.
• Many other commentators support a "pump out only" policy.