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Whitsunday Regional Council will be monitoring the use of public jetties within the region to ensure all boaties have fair use of those facilities.
Council met recently with regional marine jetty stakeholders who expressed concerns that the public jetties were becoming overcrowded with boaties mooring for lengthy times, and sometimes overnight, making access difficult for those observing the time limit.
Officers will increase patrols on all public jetties, including Abell Point Marina and infringements will be issued to any boat owners overstaying the 30 minute time limit.
The public jetties are to be used for loading and unloading of crew or gear and groceries.If boaties require a longer stay, or even overnight, there are alternate locations available for them to dock at.
Signs will also to be exhibited advising of the offence and penalties and advising boaties that the pontoon is not a Cyclone safe haven for vessels.
Boaties are advised to ensure they have a cyclone response plan for themselves and their vessel as it is an offence to use the public jetties as a safe haven during any disaster event.