The final speed limit changes as part of the Speed Limits and Behaviour Management Strategy 2018-2020 have come into effect.
The Coomera River (South Branch) now has a new trial speed limit of 6 knots for boats 8 metres in length and over, with the general smooth water speed limit of 40 knots for boats and jet skis under 8 metres. This 12-month trial will run until the end of June 2019 and all evidence, including community consultation, will be carefully considered before a final speed limit is implemented.
There are now more than 32,000 registered recreational boats and jet skis within the Gold Coast region. With the number of craft increasing, Gold Coast Waterways Authority remains committed to delivering safer and sustainable waterways for everyone.
The new speed limits take an evidence-based problem solving approach and target specific waterways issues (for example, damaging wash caused by larger vessels) while helping to improve transport efficiency through reduced travel times.
Separately, we’ve also implemented a new speed limit of 6 knots for all boats and jet skis on a narrow section of the Nerang River near Broadbeach Waters. This new speed limit helps to simplify the speed limit in the particular area to enable better enforcement.
The new speed signs will be erected over the coming days.
The Speed Limits and Behaviour Management Strategy 2018-2020 was released in early March 2018 following extensive consultation. The new speed limits build on previous changes included in the Strategy at Paradise Point, Crab Island, McCoys Creek and Jacobs Well.
Read more about the Strategy and full details of the changes including all the maps here: