Jet ski win for Marine Rescue base at Swansea Heads

WIN: Marine Rescue jet skis will be stored at Swansea Heads following a council decision. Picture: Narooma News

WIN: Marine Rescue jet skis will be stored at Swansea Heads following a council decision. Picture: Narooma News

MARINE Rescue has won the right to store jet skis at Swansea Heads, despite the objections of some nearby residents.

The proposed change of consent for the Marine Rescue radio base at Swansea Heads came before Lake Macquarie councillors this week, and unit commander Chris Parkinson spoke in favour of it.

Residents who are opposed to rescue jet skis being kept at the base had made submissions to the council, mainly outlining their concerns that the motor-powered craft would bring an increase in noise.

“[Jet skis] are noisy and the sound from the machines when they jump out of the water can be heard up to a distance of a kiometre away,” read one resident’s submission.

“The noise generated by these activities will be intolerable.”

But councillors at the standing committee meeting backed the advice of council staff, who had recommended jet skis be allowed at the base and operated within Roads and Maritime Services guidelines.

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