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Marine Newsletter February 2016

WADJEMUP WALK TRAIL - ARMSTRONG BEACH
Longreach BayThe Wadjemup Walk Trail team and engineers are in the final design stages for the installation of Armstrong Point beach access. A formalised composite fibre structure will be constructed as part of the Walk Trail project in winter 2016. This will allow for easy access from Catherine Bay up to Noongar Loop, Little Armstrong Bay and bus stop number 17. The works will be carried out by the RIA Park Service Team and will be complemented with revegetation around the site. The plants for this project and other winter plantings are currently being grown at the Rottnest Island nursery and are tended to by the dedicated team of nursery volunteers. 

DO YOU HAVE YOUR STICKER AND CONTACT DETAILS ON DISPLAY?
Over the season Rangers have encountered a number of vessels without mooring stickers.  Some of the reasons given include, “They are at home” or “I paid my money but have not received them”. Regardless, if you are a mooring site Licensee or Authorised User RIA Regulations require three elements before any vessel can lawfully use a mooring; payment must have been received by the Authority; the vessel details are entered into the register, and an adhesive label is displayed on the side of the vessel. The Mooring team does not take payment until they are ready to enter the details into the register and issue an adhesive label.

The rule of thumb is: “NO STICKER NO MOORING”.

The adhesive label plays an important role in the mooring process, in particular the self-management of the shared mooring system.  It clearly demonstrates to all users that you have the permission to use the mooring and your priority to do so.   Displaying the adhesive label make the ranger role more efficient and avoids disputes between authorised users.

Secondly, displaying your contact details will ensure the ongoing viability of the shared mooring system and provides a valuable safety tool to you whilst you are away from your vessel.


STAKE HOLDERS MEETING – BOATING WESTERN AUSTRALIA (BWA)
The Rottnest Island Authority works in conjunction with our stake holders to resolve any issues  and to develop new initiatives to improve the island.  The RIA is about to meet with BWA shortly and asks that should you have any issues you may wish to raise could be done through BWA. Some of the recent issues resolved  were; upgrade to the Geordie Bay toilets; additional navigational markers and beach anchor points. Please contact BWA at: secretary@boatingwa.com.au or phone 08-93353296. Alternatively visit their website at www.boatingwa.com.au

ADDITIONAL LICENSEE’S VESSEL LEFT ON MOORING
Mooring site Licensees only are permitted to leave their approved additional vessel on their mooring between the 1 October to 30 April without being within the Reserve.  There are a number of conditions which are:

  • The vessel must be registered in the RIA data base,
  • The vessel must display a licensee adhesive sticker,
  • The vessel cannot exceed 6.75m, and
  • The vessel must be secured in a manner as to NOT inhibit the mooring from being used.

It has come to notice that additional vessels are being left attached to one of the pickup lines by a long line.  This may be easy to secure the additional vessel to the mooring when the mother vessel departs however the total length exceeds the permissible mooring swing room.

The RIA would prefer that Licensees secure their additional vessel to the mooring buoy directly or as close as possible to the end of the pickup line.  This would allow easy passage past your mooring and avoid entanglement.


SKYDIVING – BICKLEY AND SALMON BAYS
Boaters on the southern side of the Island should not be alarmed if they notice skydiving in the skies above Bickley and Salmon Bays.  Skydive Geronimo is operating in the area and jumpers are landing on the beach. Find out more about this exhilarating experience.

KARMA RESORTS ROTTNEST CHANNEL SWIM - BUSIEST DAY OF THE YEAR - SATURDAY, 27 FEB 2016
The busiest day of the boating season for Rottnest  is about to occur. Skippers are reminded to plan ahead as to their specific requirements for the day. A number of beach and refuelling restrictions are in place on the day and can be viewed at 
rottnestisland.com/boatingnews 

ROTTNEST RENO
As seen in Channel 9's Rottnest Reno, these two apartments were refurbished in late 2015 by Fremantle Docker's couple, the Haselbys, and West Coast Eagle's couple, the Browns in renovation challenge. After much anticipation, these two charming beachfront suites (located in Longreach Bay) are now available for your next romantic getaway.

This February, stay in one of our two newly renovated private beachfront suites in Longreach Bay and you'll receive a free bottle of sparkling wine to kick off your romantic getaway. *Conditions apply.
Find out more and view accommodation photos, visit rottnestisland.com/rottnestreno

EXTENDED STAY - A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO STAY LONGER
Self-contained units are now available for up to 16 week extended stays from $510 per week between Wednesday 8 June 2016 and Wednesday 21 September 2016. To reserve your unit, phone Rottnest Island Reservations on (08) 9432 9111. Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Find out more.

SUMMER ESCAPE IN FEBRUARY
Escape the back to work blues this February - enjoy a mini break with 20% OFF any 3-night midweek stays plus receive discount ferry fares!* 

Offer valid for stays in Rottnest Island Authority accommodation between Sunday 31 January 2016 and Thursday 3 March 2016. *Conditions apply.

Visit rottnestisland.com/escape for full details and package conditions.

 

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