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Journeys : Feb March 2012
Making boating safer With summer now coming to an end many boat owners may be thinking the season is almost over. This, however, is not true. Boats are now used more than ever throughout the year including the colder winter months. MAST is always looking at ways to make boating safer, whether by way of the popular flare and safety displays, articles in Boatwise or general information on the website (www.mast.tas.gov.au). MAST is also contributing to safety with the upgrade of marine infrastructure around the state. Through direct funding from MAST and a number of facility owners such as local councils and Hydro Tasmania, MAST has spent more than $9 million upgrading facilities to engineering and Australian Standard at many coastal and inland sites. Upgrades are making the ramps and jetties safer for all, whether it is launching or retrieving or simply getting on and off your boat. The population is getting older and this also relates to the boating community. Fifty-seven per cent of boat owners are over 50 years of age so it is important that people can access their favourite sites easily and safely, so that they enjoy their boating as long as possible. There have been some upgrades over recent months that will greatly improve safety and access, such as the new pontoon at Cremorne. It has been many years since there was a boating facility at Cremorne on the spit. MAST has installed a pontoon that replaces a jetty demolished in the early 1970s. This structure will enable people to load and unload with safety and convenience. MAST is also developing a pontoon design for inland lakes. Hopefully these pontoons will be in place at a number of sites over the winter period. With water temperatures low it will enhance the usage of these popular inland fishing areas in colder months. Other sites improved lately, with safety in mind, have been Blizzards Landing in the far north-east and the Pirates Bay ramp in the south. This ramp has been improved due to the wave attenuator sides to the new public jetty. Smithton in the north-west now has a pontoon to help the disabled and those less agile. With such a large rise and fall of tide the pontoon has enabled people to get on and off their boats with relative ease. Further upgrades at Coles Bay and the Gardens on the East Coast have also benefited boating in those areas. While MAST recognises the importance of carrying the correct safety gear it also recognises the importance of ensuring facilities are built to a standard that will enhance safety for users. More work is yet to be done on infrastructure around the state. If you would like to see your facility upgraded to a safer standard please apply for funding through the Recreational Boating Fund. Application forms can be found on www.mast.tas.gov.au. We understand Tasmanians want. their boats to be covered on and off the water. RACT Insurance Pty Ltd, ABN 96 068 167 804, is the insurer of this policy. To decide if it is right for you, please carefully read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement, which is available from your nearest RACT branch or by calling 13 27 22. Use of the Rubik’s cube® is by permission of Seven Towns Ltd. For your personal solution, visit your local branch or call 13 27 22 Boat Insurance that understands Tasmanians? Solved. RACT Insurance will cover your boat no matter where you might be – on and off the water. Cover for your boat is Australia-wide for accidental sinking, storm, malicious damage, fire and theft. If you have your car insured with RACT and have a full no claim bonus, you’ll get a full no claim bonus of 20% on your boat. And your personal effects are covered if they are lost or damaged in a boating incident.* *Limits apply 0663c RAT0668_248x383_J. pdf Page 1 23/ 12/ 11, 1: 20 PM Life on the move February / March 2012 29
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