Calliope gives nod to draft river plan



CALLIOPE Shire Council has given support to the state's draft Jet Ski Management Plan which would allow it to control other vessels in the Boyne River.

The plan was developed by Maritime Safety Queensland following an extensive review of the operation of jet skis on Queensland waterways.

The review focused on issues of safety, amenity, noise and environmental sensitivity.

Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski told the council recently the provision in the draft legislation established a head of power to create restricted use or exclusion zones which could be applied to other vessels.

Council had previously expressed a wish to establish a mechanism to control boats and other craft in the Boyne River.

Mr Kanofski said the legislation would help council set up a draft management plan being developed for the river.

The government also proposes to develop a standard assessment criteria for use by councils who consider the use of jet skis and other vessels to have negative impacts on the overall community to the extent that the craft should be restricted or banned.



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