Boaters on the Far South Coast will be able to dispose of their expired flares at a number of collection points over the next few days.
The NSW Maritime collection program will also have mobile collections in January and April.
“Expired flares are classified as Class 1 explosives under the Australian Dangerous Goods Code and require authorised disposal,” NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings said.
“Flares are to be used when you’re in trouble. They provide an exact location for searching aircraft or vessels and they are only to be lit when rescuers are in view,” he said.
“Most flares have a use-by date of three years and they must be replaced before the expiry date, with penalties applicable for those found to be using or carrying expired flares.
“This collection program provides the boating community with an opportunity to safely dispose of their out of date flares, particularly as flare collection is not permitted at service centres, registries or maritime sites.”
Mr Hutchings said flares were an important component of required safety equipment.
NSW Maritime boating education officers will be available to assist boaters at some of the flare collection points, with advice on flares and other safety equipment such as lifejacket servicing and to answer any questions about boating safety rules.
Tomorrow, Friday 21st November, Maritime will be at:
- Quarantine Bay Boat Ramp at Eden between 7.30am and 9am,
- Merimbula Boat Ramp between 10am and 11.30am,
- Kianniny at Tathra from 12.30pm to 2pm,
- Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Maritime will be collecting flares Saturday from:
- Apex Park Boat Ramp at Narooma between 7.30am and 8.30am,
- Moruya between 10am and 11.30am at Preddys Wharf,
- Batemans Bay between 1pm and 2.30pm at Hanging Rock.
For more information head to www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/safety-rules/safety-equipment/flare-disposal.html