Boating safety will be the focus of an interactive exhibition by NSW Maritime at the 2009 Sydney International Boat Show, Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi announced today.
NSW Maritime will host a large Marine Precinct in the Sydney Exhibition Centre, in partnership with the boat show organiser, the Boating Industry Association of NSW.
“NSW Maritime's four safety themes at this year's show will be lifejackets, speed/wash, alcohol and night safety,” Mr Tripodi said.
“Visitors to the Marine Precinct will have an opportunity to speak to representatives and gather expert information from 15 different government agencies, boating organisations and peak bodies.
“People will be able to get immediate assistance on issues such as marine safety, boat and fishing licensing, vessel registration and moorings.”
Marine Precinct exhibitors will include NSW Maritime, the Boating Industry Association of NSW, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australian Maritime College, Marine Rescue NSW, the Australian Hydrographic Service, Marine Discovery Centre Bondi Beach, Surf Life Saving NSW, Department of Lands, Marine Teachers Association of NSW, NSW Water Police, Yachting NSW, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service, Sydney Region and the Regional Fishing Alliance of NSW.
Mr Tripodi said the Marine Precinct will also feature appearances by ocean adventurer Pete Goss who will share experiences of his epic voyage from Great Britain to Australia on the Spirit of Mystery.
The 37ft replica lugger will be on display and open to the public for the duration of the show and Pete Goss will give daily talks on his 12,000 mile voyage which followed the route of the original Mystery in 1854. To test the knowledge and resourcefulness of younger seafarers, NSW Maritime will be conducting a Treasure Hunt with one of the major prizes being a harbour sail aboard Spirit of Mystery.
The 42nd Sydney International Boat Show will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre & Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour, from July 30 – August 3.
For more details go to NSW Maritime www.maritime.nsw.gov.au
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