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Group Discusses Jetty Jumping
Local agencies and authorities met recently to discuss the issue of young people putting themselves in danger by jumping off the Inverloch Jetty
By Bass Coast Shire Council - 15th January 2002 - Back to News
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Local agencies and authorities met recently to discuss the issue of young people putting themselves in danger by jumping off the Inverloch Jetty. The jetty is a boating jetty, with boats being launched and retrieved on both sides.
Paul Smith, Environment Officer with Council, explained that the combination of jetty jumpers, tidal currents, wind and inexperienced boat operators add up to a dangerous situation.
"Parents need to be aware of what their children are up to and the possible risks they are taking," said Paul. "Their children could also receive fines for jumping from the jetty."
Despite the obvious risk from boats, plus signage indicating that jumping from the jetty is banned, some young people continue to jump off the jetty putting themselves at risk.
At the recent meeting, representatives from Bass Coast Shire Council, Gippsland Ports, Parks Victoria and Inverloch Police discussed the issue.
Several options were explored by the group including alternative water recreation venues such as a static fishing jetty or pontoon, public education, additional signage and additional enforcement staff.
As a result of the meeting, Gippsland Ports will investigate the possibility of installing a pontoon in the area for swimmers. It was acknowledged, however, that there could also be risks associated with an alternative facility. Gippsland Ports will also investigate the possibility of a "boating only" zone 10 metres east of the jetty and 20 metres west of the boat ramp. Swimming would be banned in this area at all times.
Bass Coast Shire Council will produce a safety education brochure, which will be distributed to throughout the Inverloch area. Bass Coast Shire Council has also offered support towards a public education officer/enforcement officer who would be stationed at the jetty at specific times.
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