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New marine safety system for the Maroochy River

Image of Maroochy River

A new marine safety system has been put in place for the Maroochy River.

Some key elements of this new system are:

  • new and improved warning signs to warn waterway users of specific hazards or obstructions
  • new and improved signs for speed limits
  • new speed limits of 6 knots for all vessels in the upper reaches of creeks
  • a new 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
  • some new water skiing prohibitions, including an area of Eudlo Creek where only boats up to 6.4 m with 1 tow line may water ski on the creek.

These changes complement existing 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 pubic consultation and many hours work by a reference group of key community stakeholders.


Following further consultation with stakeholders, the water skiing prohibition for Eudlo Creek has been updated so that only boats up to 6.4m in length with 1 tow line may water ski on the creek. A new map that depicts Eudlo Creek may be found below.

Maps of new speed limits and water skiing prohibitions

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

Download the final report

Decisions on the final report's recommendations

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

Maritime Safety Queensland sought further comments on the final report – the closing date was Monday, 13 February 2011.

Last updated
03 November 2014