Jetting to the foreshore

PLANS are afoot to extend the waterski area on the Swan River along more of the delicate Maylands Peninsula foreshore. 

The Department of Transport is currently accepting public comment on plans to extend the allowable waterski area 100 metres upstream and 145 metres downstream. 

It’s called the “Belmont water ski area” but encompasses a significant chunk of the Maylands peninsula, and the changes increase their area by about a third and encroach on the special 8-knot restricted area used by Maylands Yacht Club.

They’re also testing the waters of public opinion on a plan to let jetskis go upstream of Windan Bridge for a two-year trial, but sticking to the existing 5-knot speed limit.

Submissions can be made via mysaytransport.wa.gov.au and have to be in by October 30. 

By DAVID BELL

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