Keeping our waterways safe

Tuesday, 16 April 2019
 

A speed radar targeting boats on the waterways around Mandurah is being trialled to help keep the community safe.

The trial has been running for a couple of weeks under the Mary Street Bridge and has already shown some positive results, with boats slowing down significantly in the area.

The radar unit displays the speed of approaching boats and a ‘green happy face’ for those below the limit and a ‘red unhappy face” for boats exceeding the speed limit. 

The trial was initiated by the Port Mandurah Resident’s Association in conjunction with the City of Mandurah and the Department of Transport after ongoing safety concerns about speeding boats and potential damage to the waterway walls from excess wash.

City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said this is a fantastic initiative to reduce speeding through the canals which is an ongoing issue with residents.

“This technology for use on the water is relatively new and I’m so pleased Mandurah is one of the first in the country to trial it.

“The trial will last around 6 months when the results will be assessed for future use,” Mr Williams said.

The prototype speed radar unit was developed by a Queensland company, with the Mandurah trial being monitored by a number of potential customers around the country, including in New South Wales for use on Sydney Harbour.