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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SEWAGE

There are pump out facilities at Berowra Waters, Brooklyn, Bobbin Head and Akuna Bay. Under Maritime law in NSW you need to use pump out facilities and not discharge in the waterways.

The fine for discharging sewage in NSW waterways is; On-the-spot infringement notices of $750 to an individual, or $1500 to a corporation for minor breaches of the regulations. For matters resulting in court action, penalties of up to $250,000 (individual) and $1M (corporation) may apply.
Please see http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/rec_boating/sewage.html for further information.

Please see http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/rec_boating/pumpout-Hawks.html for a full list of pump out facilities on the Hawkesbury.

You may purchase boating maps from the following site, this is only a requirement if you are going offshore, but may be useful to have anyway; http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/publications/maps.html

Following are the requirements of recreational vessels by Maritime Law on NSW inland waterways (Maritime and the water police do regular checks);

Level 1, 2 or 3 life jacket
1 anchor and chain/line
1 bailer/bucket for vessels with open bilges
1 bilge pump for vessels with enclosed bilges
Fire bucket if no other bucket available for fire fighting purposes
Fire extinguisher for vessels with electric start, electric motors, battery, gas or fuel stoves
Paddle or oars/rowlocks in vessels under 6m unless a second means of propulsion is fitted
Safety label
Signal sound, air horn or whistle/bell
Waterproof torch, floating
Blood alcohol limit is 0.05, you may also lose your car license if found to be over this limit when driving a boat

NOTE: There are further requirements if going offshore.

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