A NSW Waterways officer conducts a safety check with a boatie.
A NSW Waterways officer conducts a safety check with a boatie.

Boaties warned on ramp rage



TWEED boaties have been urged to avoid "ramp rage" at boat launching ramps.

The booming Tweed population has increased summer crowding at busy local ramps, according to NSW Waterways.

"Ramp rage" is becoming a safety problem throughout NSW and all boat users need to remember to be patient and courteous, Waterways North Coast Manager Jim Green said.

One extra Waterways boating officer has been permanently based in the Tweed/Brunswick district since November last year, due to increased boating activity, doubling the number of permanent boating officers based at Tweed Heads.

The two Waterways officers patrol the Tweed and Brunswick Rivers, local creeks including Cudgen, Cudgera and Mooball, and up to three nautical miles offshore, assisted by Waterways temporary officers at peak times.

A Waterways spokesman in Sydney said only a minority of people were causing trouble at busy boat ramps, trying to jump queues and speeding too close to people holding boats at ramps.

He said the "ramp rage" problem was statewide and not confined to any single area. It included people launching and loading boats in the middle of two-lane ramps.

The spokesman said hefty fines can be ordered for an offence of causing a danger or nuisance at boat ramps.

Formal complaints need to be lodged, including registration details, and police and local councils can be notified.

"Courtesy and common sense is what it boils down to."



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