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Old 22-06-2019, 18:33   #1
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Anchoring Restrictions Horseshoe Bay MI

Friends have notified me that there is a proposal to restrict anchoring on the eastern side of Horseshoe Bay on the north coast of Magnetic Island. Anyone out there know the specifics of this?
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Re: Anchoring Restrictions Horseshoe Bay MI

Yes. I attended a public meeting about this at Horseshoe Bay two weeks ago.

Essentially the commercial tourist power boat and jet ski operators want an exclusion zone around their operations which currently go straight through the prime safe anchorage area and have asked the Townsville Harbour Master to consider establishing a "no anchoring zone." That way they have no speed restrictions and prime visibility to the beachfront.

At the public meeting I was at, no-one (from Magnetic Island residents, to foreshore business owners, to yachties and commercial fishermen) spoke in favour of the motion. It seems the only people who want it are the tourist boat/jet ski people.

It's being touted as a "safety" issue … but there is no safety issue in my opinion that can't be dealt with under existing legislation (that is, speed restrictions for craft within a certain distance of a moored vessel or fixed structure or shoreline.)

I'd be surprised if people in authority charged with protecting and managing public assets were to hand over such a large chunk of public seabed for exclusive commercial use. If they were to, it would set a troubling precedent.

A decision is expected shortly.
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