Boaters handed in almost 200 expired flares at a mobile collection point in Port Macquarie.
Roads and Maritime Services brought its Expired Marine Flares Collection Program to Westport boat ramp on Sunday, January 6.
Executive director NSW Maritime Angus Mitchell said Roads and Maritime Services wanted to ensure all boaters had the correct and most up to date safety equipment on board at all times.
“This includes flares which signal boaters are in trouble and provide an exact location for searching aircraft or vessels,” he said.
Some 18 boaters handed in flares at the Westport boat ramp collection point.
“Expired flares can be unpredictable and, most importantly, can be unreliable when they’re most needed,” Mr Mitchell said.
“Roads and Maritime’s collection program makes it easier for boaters to dispose of expired flares which are categorised as explosives and are otherwise very difficult to get rid of safely.”
Roads and Maritime will be on the road until the end of February to collect expired flares from boaters along the NSW coastline.
The Expired Marine Flares Collection Program will return to Port Macquarie’s Westport boat ramp, off Park Street, between 2pm and 5pm on February 15.
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