A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Garden Island Fishing and Aquatic Association is an incorporated body, originally established in 1958 to manage and protect the interests and property of the cottage owners on the North End of the Island. When the Armaments depot was established in Sulphur Bay the cottages were demolished and quite a few of their owners, rather than give up the “Island Life” started to holiday on board their boats. In 1981 the Association was resurrected to cater for the boating public who visit the Island. With interest by the boating public in visiting Garden Island rapidly increasing as southern metropolitan Perth expands, the need for a formal management policy for recreational boat mooring within the Controlled Naval Waters which surround Garden Island has been recognised. An Interim Mooring Management Policy was established in 1997 and following review, the Garden Island Recreational Moorings Management Policy (2005) for public mooring is the current policy which GIFAA’s Constitution and rules are formed under. Our aims are to preserve public access, the environment and the facilities that we enjoy today. There are no public moorings and use is not permitted without permission.
The only public access to the unrestricted areas of Garden Island is by boat.
GIFAA MEMBERS — CHRISTMAS IN JULY
As promised we have some fun activities for the adults as well and would like to announce our next activity, Christmas in July. We have planned a sundowner on Sunday 23rd July to be held at the Fremantle Sailing Club. The event will run from 4pm until 8 pm with nibbles and some drinks provided at the event by GIFAA. This will be another great chance to mix and mingle with your fellow members in a very relaxed environment. Feel free to dress to the theme if you like. We will also have some prizes and give-aways on the night and may even the odd raffle. As always it goes to a good cause so please bring plenty of change. To make sure we cater adequately for this event we need to have some idea on numbers so please assist us with a rsvp.
Rafting of vessels is not permitted by order Superintendent of the Garden Island Naval Waters.
Members if you are not receiving correspondence from the association, please contact the Secretary so we may be able to verify your email and postal address, especially if you prefer to receive the notices by mail.
URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
A large piece of timber approximately 500 mm by 300 mm and at least 6 metres long has been reported approximately 200 metres NW of Fish Rock Cockburn Sound. One end is reported to be stuck on the bottom in about 4.5 metres of water. This debris may not be visible above the water line and may also come adrift.
Very close to FSC Club Mark "F".
Location: Reported at 9.20 am on 04/04/2017 to be approximately 200 m NW of Fish Rock Cockburn Sound. Chart: Department of Transport Chart WA001 - Ocean Reef to Cape Peron.
Young skippers need to be supervised
Boat owners in the Pilbara region have been reminded of the age requirements for skippering a vessel and the need to ensure the required safety equipment is on board.
Department of Transport (DoT) Senior Regional Officer Lance Whitney said the reminder followed two recent incidents off Karratha where up to eight children under the age of 16 were operating vessels found to be deficient in safety gear.
Have your say on safety equipment requirements
Please note that State laws have been updated from early March and the distances we refer to in regards to safe speed have altered from 45 to 50 meters.
At all times, an 8-knot speed limit applies when your vessel is within 50 meters of;
• A moored vessel.
• A person in the water.
• A jetty or wharf.
• A river bank or low water mark.
Additionally, skippers must drive a speed boat towing a skier/s engaged in the exercise of trick skiing so as not to approach within 100 metres of any landing or take-off areas, this was 90 metres.
The changes should make it easier for skippers to remember when they have to slow down and bring the distandce that you must keep away from a Diver's Below flag to be the same as in other regulations.