The CVANSW is representative of commercial vessel operators from all regional areas and types of operations, from paddlewheelers on the Murray, to houseboats on the Tweed River, and everyone in between.
For your information, the NSW Regional Ports Strategy is currently under development and seeking input from the community.
So that everyone can have their say, an interactive website is now open that contains a map of your port where you can add pins and comments and it also has a forum where you can ask questions and have them answered.
Your thoughts, opinions and ideas are important to ensure the the best outcome for your port and your community so please join the conversation and have your say.
The Your Ports website is open until 9 April 2017.
We urge you to spread the word and get your whole community involved.
If you haven’t already done so, please join our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/cvansw and feel free to post news, events and issues from your region.
The CVA has been invited by RMS to provide input into the design of the wharves in the current upgrade program.
Many vessels have found the new wharves difficult, if not impossible, to use.
Most of the problems lie with the design of the fendering posts which luckily can be altered as they wear out and are replaced.
The view of the CVA comittee is that with an increase in population and number of vessels of all kinds on the harbour it makes senses to get as much use as possible out of any publically funded infrastructure, including wharves, and that different types of wharf usage do not necessarily have to be incompatible.
RMS have specifically asked for input from the CVA about the height and shape of the fendering posts on the wharf faces as well as any other design issues they may be unaware of.
Following are the recommendations of your Committee:
- The top of the fender posts’ vertical face needs to be a minimum 1.6 metres above the pontoon deck, which is approx 0.9 above water level, making the top of the fender’s rubbing face 2.5 metres above water level.
- The face of the fender posts need to be rounded from at least just above the waterline to the top of the fender post.
- The top of the fender posts need to be angled at minimum 45 degrees to stop boats getting hung up on the top of the post in high wave conditions.
- The angle of the rubbing face of the fender posts should be as close to vertical as possible.
- Smaller intermediate fender posts in some locations, set back from the line of the larger fender posts, could be useful for smaller recreational vessels and water taxis, or alternatively fenders on the ends of the pontoons similar to the Campbell’s Cove pontoon would work for smaller craft and would be a low cost addition that could be considered for some wharves.
- The distance between the outer face of the fender pile and the deck of the pontoon is too great.
If you have any other observations or suggestions please go to the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/cvansw/ and make a comment in the thread.
We need to respond by Tuesday 21st February so that our input can be considered for the next wharf in the program at Cockatoo Island.
Annual Liquor Licence Fee Information
You will soon receive information directly from Liquor & Gaming NSW regarding your annual liquor licence fees. L&GNSW has advised that vessels will now also be included in the full scheme, which includes a base fee and a trading hours risk loading for the first time.
For most vessels with liquor licences, you will need to apply to L&GNSW for an occasional extended trading condition (OETC) by 15 March 2017 in order to reduce the cost of your annual liquor licence fee by up to $5,000.
Under the Liquor Act 2007 most vessels with liquor licences have the authority to sell or supply liquor 1 hour before and 30 minutes after a voyage. There are no restrictions as to what time of the day or night these voyages can occur, therefore, vessels are able to regularly trade after 1.30am if they want to. As a result, the highest trading hours risk loading of $5,000 applies to most vessel liquor licences.
From 2017 vessels will be included in the full annual liquor licence fee scheme and will be expected to pay a base fee, plus a trading hours risk loading fee for the first time:
- Premises authorised to trade up to 1.30am on a regular basis are subject to a $2,500 trading hours risk loading fee.
- Premises authorised to trade after30am on a regular basis are subject to a $5,000 trading hours risk loading fee.
Occasional extended trading conditions
Vessel liquor licensees who are subject to the trading hours risk loading can reduce their fee by applying for an occasional extended trading condition to be imposed on their licence.
The OETC means you can only trade past midnight or 1.30am on up to 12 occasions over any 12-month period.
You only need to apply for an OETC once and then the condition will remain on your licence until you apply for it to be revoked.
|Authorised regular trading hours
||Trading hours risk loading payable
|Up to midnight only
||Allows trading past midnight on up to 12 occasions in any 12 month period
|Up to 1.30am
||Allows trading past 1.30am on up to 12 occasions in any 12 month period
How to apply
To have this reduction applied to your 2017 annual liquor licence fee, you need to lodge an OETC application with L&GNSW by Wednesday 15 March. To apply for an OETC to be imposed on your licence visit the Liquor & Gaming NSW website.
Members and guests the CVA will be hosting a Liquor Accord Meeting aboard the Bella Vista moored at the Blackwattle Bay Marina, Pyrmont Bridge Rd, June 9 at 1830 hours. In attendance will be Sarina Wise Compliance Officer from OLGR and Sydney Water Police to discuss the new intoxication guidelines and the difficulties we face afloat compared to land based venues and best practice to deal with the issues we face.
With such focus on the Alcohol related issues in the media this will be an important evening for owners and crew.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
John Paton President.