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Major Navigation Upgrade for Mandurah

PMRA is delighted to report that our persistence has paid off and the Department of Transport has issued the following media release:

A $300,000 works project will significantly improve navigation at Sticks Channel - Mandurah’s busiest waterway.

Department of Transport (DoT) Marine Operations Director Ray Buchholz said work would start later this month on the installation of 14 new lit navigation aids that would assist skippers operating in the area day and night.

"Thousands of recreational craft use Sticks Channel each week travelling to and from the Peel Inlet which is known for its shallow waters and difficult navigation.

The existing channel separation marks will be removed as part of the project and skippers will have a better defined channel marked by 7 port hand markers and 7 starboard hand markers.

Each new marker will be lit, significantly enhancing recreational and commercial boating safety in the area."

The project which has been undertaken following consultation with local officers, is part of DoT's $654,000.00 2012/13 Navigation Aid Capital Works Plan.

DoT is responsible for developing and maintaining an extensive network of navigation aids within WA waters to provide safe passage for recreational and commercial vessels.

"DoT currently manages more than 1,300 navigation aids in WA and works closely with stakeholders to identify projects and works to improve navigation and keep boat owners and their passengers safe," Mr Buchholz said.

People wanting more information about DoT’s Navigation Aid Program can visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/marine  or call Navigational Safety on 9431 1011.
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Invitation to Samphire Cove

The time has come for the first Friends of Samphire Cove meeting. For those who don't know:

Samphire Cove is a small nature reserve located on the internationally significant, Ramsar-listed Peel Harvey Estuary. The Ramsar Treaty was developed to protect migratory birds and their habitat.

When
Sunday 17th February 2013, 10am - 12pm

Where
Samphire Cove Nature Reserve, Leisure Way, Halls Head

Why
To make new friends | To identify the aims of the Group

Bring
Ideas | Questions | Friends | Chair | Hat | Sunscreen Morning Tea (hot drinks supplied)

RSVP
15th February 2013 | 0408 428 503 Nicole.Godfrey@dec.wa.gov.au 


The Old Mandurah Bridge Redevelopment Community Reference Group (CRG) wants you to be informed and to provide your input now!

Visit http://haveyoursaymandurah.com.au/oldmandurahbridge to share your photos and memories of the Old Mandurah Bridge, provide your input, inform the bridge design and submit your ideal bridge design drawing. To keep informed, you’re invited to go along to any of these three information drop-in sessions between from 10am and 2pm at:

  • Mandjar Markets on the foreshore this Sunday, February 10
  • Miami Shopping Centre on Wednesday, February 13
  • Centro Mandurah on Thursday, February 14

To keep up to date, you can read the FAQs, view the Community Reference Group timelines, keep up to date on the project progress and, if you have any questions, take the opportunity to ask the Project Team. Please also take a moment to forward this email to colleagues, friends, family and neighbours and encourage them to stay informed and provide their feedback.
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Lost Property
A couple of weeks ago one of our members contacted us to say he'd lost a fender off his boat. It is about 60cm long, is wearing a black fender sock and has a black rope attached. If you fished it out of the canal and would like to return it to its owner, please call Bert on 0405 807 082.



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