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Safer boat operations—Maroochy River

Update: Members of the Maroochy River reference group re-convened in November 2015 to review the implementation of the new speed limits and other marine safety changes that flowed from the Maroochy River work in 2013. The group collectively acknowledge the success of the work, which has seen behavioural changes and reduced complaints. The group discussed the size and number signs in the river near Cook Road and in Eudlo Creek. MSQ has already acted on these discussions, upgrading signs in Eudlo Creek, and erecting new larger signs in the river near Cook Road.

Image of Maroochy RiverA marine safety system has been put in place for the Maroochy River.

Some key elements of this system are:

  • warning signs to warn waterway users of specific hazards or obstructions
  • signs for speed limits
  • speed limits of 6 knots for all vessels in the upper reaches of creeks
  • a speed limit of 20 knots for all vessels upstream of the David Low Bridge through shallow areas near the Wetland Sanctuary and the Bli Bli Islands
  • water skiing prohibitions, including an area of Eudlo Creek where only boats up to 6.4m with 1 tow line may water ski on the creek.

These requirements complement other marine safety and waterways management legislation. They also provide a simple, cost-effective regulatory system to advance marine safety on an important Sunshine Coast waterway. The changes have been implemented following 2 reports, extensive public consultation and many hours work by a reference group of key community stakeholders.

Maps of speed limits and water skiing prohibitions

The maps below show the speed limits and water skiing prohibitions, along with the system of regulatory and warning signs.

Download the final report

Ship operations and activities on the Maroochy River—final report to the General Manager
Due to the file size, this document has also been divided into parts for easy download. As a result, links in the document may not work.

Decisions on the final report's recommendations

Read the General Manager's decisions on the final report's recommendations.


Last updated
30 January 2018