ROCK FISHING SAFETY ACT
Voted unanimously to join this inniative
In December 2016, the NSW State Government introduced the Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016 making it compulsory for people to wear lifejackets while rock fishing in declared high risk areas.
On 13 April 2018, the Minister for Emergency Services announced that coastal councils could elect to opt-in to the Rock Fishing Safety Act.
A grant from the Water Safety Fund of up to $30,000 is available for each council that chooses to opt-in.
The Water Safety Fund grant can be used by local councils for signage, training and other rock fishing safety, education and awareness measures.
It is proposed to implement the Rock Fishing Safety Act for the Northern Beaches and to develop a community wide awareness campaign and education program to encourage safer rock fishing.