Navigation markers now installed at Garden Island
The Department of Transport (DoT) has completed the urgent installation of navigation markers at the entrance to Herring Bay at Garden Island.
DoT Marine Safety Acting Director Operations Ray Buchholz said the project was fast tracked after discussions with members of the local boating community who raised safety concerns following the removal of unofficial markers in October.
DoT approved funding of $80,000 for the project from its current capital works budget and contracted Transfield Services to install a network of new markers on the north western end of Garden Island to guide vessels through the outer reef into Herring Bay.
“Herring Bay is a popular spot for recreational boating. However, the same extensive reef system that shelters the bay also makes it extremely challenging for skippers to navigate in the area,” Mr Buchholz said.
“The new markers are located in waters controlled by the Department of Defence which gave approval for the installation.”
DoT has worked closely with the Garden Island Fishing and Aquatic Association (GIFAA), Rockingham Sea Search and Rescue, Boating WA and the Department of Defence to install the markers.
Mr Buchholz said the cooperation of all parties had significantly assisted in meeting the challenge to complete the installation prior to Christmas and a busy summer holiday season on the water.
“While the new markers will greatly improve access and safety in the area, boat owners should continue to navigate the area with caution,” Mr Buchholz said.
The markers will be maintained by DoT as part of its network of 1,400 navigation aids around WA.