Point Danger Marine Rescue commander Bernie Gabriel wants speed restrictions for Terranora Inlet.
Point Danger Marine Rescue commander Bernie Gabriel wants speed restrictions for Terranora Inlet.

Rescue calls for inlet speed limit

SPEED limits need to be introduced on the Terranora Inlet according to the head of a water safety group.

Marine Rescue Point Danger commander Bernie Gabriel said the increasing number of boats using the waterway each year was making the area dangerous.

"We are starting to get the great big cruisers up there as well," Mr Gabriel said.

"And then you are getting the jet-skiers just roaring though that section.

"Every year it is getting more and more dangerous."

Mr Gabriel said the warm weather and school holidays had meant the boat ramps were full of holidaymakers looking to get out on the water.

"So far it has been quiet," he said.

"People seem to be more cautious than they were previously.

"It's hard to nail down why people are acting more considerate, but every rescue unit has upped their safety messages to the community."

Tweed Heads Rowing Club coach Garry Annand said the rowing teams used the waterways around Terranora daily for training.

"Sometimes on the weekend there is a bit of a problem getting around the boat ramps."

Mr Annand said he had rowed on the river for the past 20 years and said the activity around the boat ramps on Kennedy Dr had increased.

"I haven't really noticed up at Terranora," he said.

"About 90% of them are courteous. Every now and then you get an idiot out there.

"We would prefer if the while area was a no-wash area."

A NSW Maritime spokesman said the authority took an active and ongoing role in safe boating on the Tweed River.

"Maritime has a Tweed Estuary Boating Plan for the river, which seeks to promote the safety of all users of the waterway," he said.

"Maritime does not regularly record boating traffic and is not currently reviewing speed limits, but there are numerous areas where boaters are limited to either four or six knots."

Speed limits were reviewed in 2006.



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