Your views on wakeboard boats on the Hawkesbury River

Consultation has concluded

Council is seeking the views of property owners adjoining Hawkesbury River, below Windsor Bridge, in relation to the effects that may have occurred to the river banks of their property that appear to be associated with the use of boats that are designed to create an extra-large wave that is used for wakeboarding and surfing.

The matter of the use of wakeboards boats on Hawkesbury River was recently considered by Council at its meeting held on 28 July 2015 where a Notice of Motion was submitted by a number of Councillors.

As a result of this Notice of Motion Council,

Council is seeking the views of property owners adjoining Hawkesbury River, below Windsor Bridge, in relation to the effects that may have occurred to the river banks of their property that appear to be associated with the use of boats that are designed to create an extra-large wave that is used for wakeboarding and surfing.

The matter of the use of wakeboards boats on Hawkesbury River was recently considered by Council at its meeting held on 28 July 2015 where a Notice of Motion was submitted by a number of Councillors.

As a result of this Notice of Motion Council, in summary, subsequently resolved:

  • To express it’s serious and ongoing concern with regard to the severe damage being caused to the banks of the Hawkesbury River by the wash from boats designed to generate large and destructive waves typically by having ballast tanks and/or foils to increase displacement.

  • To make representations to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight to urgently ban this type of watercraft from operating in areas of the Hawkesbury River with Alluvial soils in an endeavour to prevent further ongoing erosion caused by them.

  • To also request the Minister to ensure that the RMS takes appropriate action to appropriately enforce the current regulations and restrictions applying to the use of watercraft on the Hawkesbury River.

When making representations to the Minister it was pointed out that while Council is concerned with the use of the type of watercraft referred to it continues to be very supportive of the use of the River for water skiing and recreational purposes.

The matter was again considered by Council at its meeting held on 25 August 2015 when it was resolved seek the views of affected property owners. Council also asked that a report be brought back to it regarding the result of this consultation.

You are welcome to provide a response to Council via the submission form below or by any of the following methods:

The last day for the receipt of submissions is 9 October 2015.

If you have concerns about boats operating on the river you can report specific incidents to Roads and Maritime services on 131236

Please note: Confidentiality is not available to respondents. The details of any submissions may be included in a Council report. Information (including copies of submissions) may also be released in accordance with Council’s Access to Information policy.

Any comments about this proposal may contain information that is personal information, such as information that identifies you, etc. for the purposes of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988.

The inclusion of personal information with your submission is voluntary. However, if not provided, Council will not be able to contact you about the policy. The information will be stored in Council’s electronic records system and paper files. For your protection, Council recommends that you do not include defamatory comments in your submission.

The purpose of collecting this information is to assist Council in obtaining the view of the community regarding this matter. The information may also be made available to third parties in accordance with the relevant legislation.

  • Submissions have now closed.

    Submissions have now closed. The last day for the receipt of submissions was 9 October 2015.

    To complete your submission you will be asked to provide a Screen Name (user name for the site) and your e-mail address at the end of the form. This will enable you to provide feedback on other current consultation projects on Your Hawkesbury - Your Say.

    Submissions have now closed. The last day for the receipt of submissions was 9 October 2015.

    To complete your submission you will be asked to provide a Screen Name (user name for the site) and your e-mail address at the end of the form. This will enable you to provide feedback on other current consultation projects on Your Hawkesbury - Your Say.

    Consultation has concluded