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South coast boaters encouraged to drop off expired marine flares during March

by Emily Rundle 16 Mar 06:48 UTC
Marine flares © Emily Rundle

Boaters on the South Coast will be able to dispose of their expired marine flares safely and easily this month at various expired flare collection points.

NSW Maritime Acting Executive Director Alex Barrell said NSW Maritime will operate expired flare collection sites from Thursday 19 March where people can drop-off flares for safe and environmentally friendly disposal.

"Boating Education Officers will also be on site and boaters are encouraged to come along and seek any other general boating safety advice.

"Marine flares are especially important for offshore vessels to be used as a signal device if they are in trouble, so it is important to ensure yours are in-date and good working order," Mr Barrell said.

"Flares have a three-year shelf life and need to be replaced or there is an increased risk they won't work in an emergency situation.

"Expired flares are classed as explosives and must be disposed of properly, under strict environmental conditions."

Mr Barrell said it is important for boaters to have up-to-date safety equipment on board their vessels, including marine flares, and enough lifejackets for every passenger.

"Boaters should always remember: wearing a lifejacket and having the correct, up-to-date safety equipment could save your life - don't risk it," Mr Barrell said.

Marine flare drop off points scheduled for NSW south coast include:

Southern NSW Date Time
Quarantine Bay Boat Ramp, Quarantine Bay Road, Eden Thursday, 19 March 2020 8.00am-11.00am
Merimbula Boat Ramp, Arthur Kaine Drive, Merimbula Thursday, 19 March 2020 12.00pm-2.00pm
Kianinny Bay Boat Ramp, Off Kianinny Street, Tathra Thursday, 19 March 2020 3.00pm-6.00pm
Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp, Off Lamont Street, Bermagui Friday, 20 March 2020 8.00am-11.00am
Apex Park Boat Ramp, Centenary Drive, Narooma Friday, 20 March 2020 12.00pm-2.00pm
Moruya, Preddys Wharf Road Friday, 20 March 2020 3.30pm-6.00pm
Hanging Rock Boat Ramp, Hanging Rock Place, Batemans Bay Saturday, 21 March 2020 7.30am-10.30am
Next to Marine Rescue NSW Base, Off Wason Street, Ulladulla Saturday, 21 March 2020 12.00pm-2.30pm
Sussex Inlet Lions Park, Lakehaven Drive, Sussex Inlet Saturday, 21 March 2020 3.30pm-5.30pm
Woollamia Boat Ramp, Frank Lewis Way, Woollamia Sunday, 22 March 2020 7.30am-10.30am
Greys Beach Boat Ramp, Fairway Drive, Nowra Sunday, 22 March 2020 12.00pm-2.30pm
Kiama Harbour Boat Ramp, Off Blowhole Point Road, Kiama. Sunday, 22 March 2020 3.30pm-6.30pm
Port Kembla Boat Ramp, Foreshore Drive (outer harbour) Monday, 23 March 2020 7.30am-11.00am
Bellambi Boat Ramp, Robert Cram Drive Monday, 23 March 2020 12.30pm-4.00pm
Quarantine Bay Boat Ramp, Quarantine Bay Road, Eden Thursday, 26 March 2020 8.00am-11.00am
Merimbula Boat Ramp, Arthur Kaine Drive, Merimbula Thursday, 26 March 2020 12.00pm-2.00pm
Kianinny Bay Boat Ramp, Off Kianinny Street, Tathra Thursday, 26 March 2020 3.00pm-5.30pm
Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp, Off Lamont Street, Bermagui Friday, 27 March 2020 8.00am-11.00am
Apex Park Boat Ramp, Centenary Drive, Narooma Friday, 27 March 2020 1.00pm-4.00pm
Hanging Rock Boat Ramp, Hanging Rock Place, Batemans Bay Saturday, 28 March 2020 8.00am-11.00am
Next to Marine Rescue NSW Base, Off Wason Street, Ulladulla Saturday, 28 March 2020 1.00pm-4.00pm
Sussex Inlet Lions Park, Lakehaven Drive, Sussex Inlet Sunday, 29 March 2020 8.00am-11.00am
Greys Beach Boat Ramp, Fairway Drive, Nowra Sunday, 29 March 2020 1.00pm-4.00pm
Kiama Harbour Boat Ramp, Off Blowhole Point Road, Kiama. Monday, 30 March 2020 8.00am-11.00am
Port Kembla Boat Ramp, Foreshore Drive (outer harbour) Monday, 30 March 2020 1.00pm-4.00pm

For more information about the NSW Maritime flare disposal program or to register to attend a free clinic www.rms.nsw.gov.au/flares.

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