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Published: 2002-08-02 00:00:00

Boaties and other water users have an opportunity to voice their opinion on the reviewed Navigation Safety Bylaw covering navigation safety.

The reviewed navigation safety bylaw covers the entire Waikato Region to ensure safety on all navigable waterways – the sea, harbours, lakes and rivers.

It enables people to use lakes, rivers and harbours for water skiing, swimming, boating, kayaking or other water activities safely, and some areas are zoned to avoid people interfering with other’s activities.

The reviewed Bylaw has been made consistent with Part 91 of the Water Recreation Rules developed by the Maritime Safety Authority. Since the Council’s Navigation Safety Bylaw 2001 became operative on July 1, 2001 any necessary changes have been recorded and have been incorporated into the review.

The Bylaw does not apply to Lake Taupo and Taharoa Harbour. Several areas which have different pressures on them currently have site-specific schedules detailing what can happen in those areas, while other areas have indicated the need for additional schedules.

Three additional schedules have been included in the reviewed bylaw. These are for Whaingaroa (Raglan) Harbour, Marokopa River and the Waikato River – the Elbow to Meremere.

Written submissions can be sent to Environment Waikato’s office until 5.00pm on Wednesday, September 25, 2002.

The Council will hear verbal submissions on August 28. People who want to make a verbal submission should contact Environment Waikato by midday on Friday August 23, to arrange a time to present their submission.

A copy of the bylaw can be obtained by calling Environment Waikato's Freephone 0800 800 401.