NSW MARITIME CORPORATE PLAN 2009 - 2012 by lindash


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                  2009 - 2012

As Minister for Ports and Waterways, I’m happy to invite you
to read NSW Maritime’s 2009-2012 Corporate Plan. The plan
explains what NSW Maritime will be doing over the next three
years to deliver on its mission of providing safe waterways,
and support for the maritime community. The priorities and
actions listed here also support and help to deliver the NSW
State Plan.

The plan doesn’t cover everything NSW Maritime does, but
provides direction and focus for its major activities. It has been developed following
consultation with clients and stakeholders and understanding their priorities and needs
has informed its focus.

The plan focuses on four key areas – boating safety, maritime infrastructure, safe and
competitive ports and community involvement. It details specific actions NSW Maritime
will undertake to deliver results for commercial and recreational boating communities
and for ports development and safety. Progress reports will be regularly provided.

I look forward to continued active involvement with the maritime community over the
coming period, to developing a fuller understanding of the challenges facing it and to
taking action as new issues and priorities are identified through future community

Comments and suggestions regarding the plan are welcome and should be forwarded to
the Corporate Planner, NSW Maritime, Locked Bag 5100 Camperdown NSW 1450.

Paul McLeay MP
Minister for Ports and Waterways

NSW Maritime is the State’s safety regulator for commercial and recreational vessels. NSW
Maritime also regulates the safety functions of NSW port corporations; manages two regional
ports; provides policy advice to the government on port-related activities; owns and manages
the seabed of the major ports, as well as Sydney Harbour and its tributaries; and uses boating
licence revenue to support better boating infrastructure across the State.

Our Vision
Serving our Boating Community

Our Mission
Safe waterways, and support for the maritime community

NSW Maritime works with boating communities across the State to improve recreational boating infrastructure through the Better Boating Program.

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ouR appRoacH

  •   We work to promote a culture of boating safety

  •   We work in partnership with the maritime community to ensure that issues are effectively
       communicated to government

  •   We stress skipper responsibility at all times

  •   We use risk management to appropriately allocate resources

  •   We partner with the maritime community to improve boating infrastructure and access to
       the waterways

  •   We listen to stakeholder and customer concerns and work to reduce red tape

  •   We regulate commercial and recreational boating activities to achieve the highest standards
       of safety against national and international outcomes

  •   We regulate the safe operation of our declared ports and work with the NSW port
       corporations to increase port efficiency, competitiveness and productivity in order to meet
       the challenge of steady trade growth

  •   We meet with user groups to ensure we stay in touch with the boating community and that
       our business activities align with stakeholder priorities

  •   We encourage community participation in recreational boating through the provision of
       grants for infrastructure, and financial support of marine rescue services

  •   We manage maritime property to provide maritime precinct development opportunities and
       to ensure appropriate financial returns to the people of NSW

  •   We maintain and upgrade Sydney Harbour commuter wharves and improve access for
       people with disabilities.

   NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officer on patrol helping to promote a safety culture on waterways statewide.

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To better serve the boating community NSW Maritime has four key result areas as the focus for
its endeavours:

•   Boating Safety – develop and promote a safe commercial vessel and recreational boating
     culture through a comprehensive safety and compliance program involving education about
     safe boating practices, and through enforcement of laws

•   Maritime Infrastructure – improve public access to waterways, including access for people
     with disabilities, ensure safe public ferry wharves, and encourage and promote maritime
     precinct developments which meet community expectations and help create maritime
     related jobs

•   Safe and Competitive Ports – provide co-ordinated support for port policy and
     development, and ensure ports operate under effective port safety management

•   Community Involvement – seek key stakeholder and community involvement in decisions
     that affect them, promote transparency and consistency in decision making and reduce red

Supporting the community through the planning and coordination of major aquatic events such as NYE on Sydney Harbour.

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  pRIoRITy aREa acTIoNS

  The specific actions NSW Maritime will take during the next three years to support these
  priorities include:

  Boating Safety

  •   Encourage a culture of boating safety through appropriate standards and the
       implementation of supporting marine safety legislation for recreational vessels and
       commercial vessels

  •   Monitor compliance by commuter ferries through the Safety Management System
       requirements under the Passenger Transport Act

  •   Support the COAG initiative to introduce consistent national legislation for commercial
       vessel operations and commercial operator certification

  •   Implement a practical component to recreational boat licence requirements including a
       logbook of practical competencies

  •   Expand the boating safety education program with a particular focus on web based
       information through www.maritime.nsw.gov.au

  •   Create boating safety plans for 1) Georges River and Botany Bay, and 2) Sydney Harbour
       and Parramatta River

  •   Implement a three-year communication strategy for boating education campaigns with
       targeted messages on speed, vessel lighting, cold water safety, lifejackets, equipment
       handling, alcohol and skipper responsibilities. Increase funding for boating education to
       $3 million over the life of the strategy

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•   Work with volunteer marine rescue groups to encourage public participation, integration
     of services and additional boating education and training. In addition to ongoing annual
     funding of $1.35 million, NSW Maritime to provide $3 million transitional funding in 2009-
     2010 for the creation of a new integrated service

•   Use education, safety campaigns, changes to technology and tools including boating safety
     plans to work with commercial and recreational users of high use waterways to manage user
     conflicts and encourage respect for the rights of others to use and enjoy the waterways

•   Enhance the existing NSW Maritime webcam network with a system of Maritime Alerts
     providing adverse condition warnings for bar crossing, rock fishing and alpine boating

•   Maintain and expand online boating safety education and refresher material on the NSW
     Maritime website

•   Review boating restrictions on inland waterways especially on lakes and waterways affected
     by long term drought conditions

•   Work with volunteer marine rescue groups organisations and the Marine Teachers
     Association and other stakeholders to expand boating education in schools and the wider

•   Revise commercial vessels regulations under the Marine Safety Act, to improve certainty for
     operators and reduce red tape and duplication

•   Continue to support a National Standard for commercial crewing qualifications

•   Implement transparent and consistent policy approaches for new and emerging industries.

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  Maritime Infastructure

  •    Work with Councils to deliver new and upgraded boat ramps in areas of highest need and
        demand through the Better Boating Program

  •    Work with Local, State and Federal governments to support the retention and expansion of
        working harbours with vibrant commercial and recreational boating sectors

  •    Ensure planning instruments and policies have regard for the community’s need for maritime
        infrastructure and cater for ongoing growth in boating and water sports

  •    Review property and planning policies, procedures and instruments to support working
        harbour and boating infrastructure needs and reduce red tape and duplication

       Progress redevelopment of key maritime sites:
       	   •	Ballast	Point	Wharf	for day berthing
           •		 alls	Head	coal	loader	wharf	for	commercial	vessels
  	    	   •	Bank	Street	wharf	for	commercial	vessels	
  	    	   •	Bank	Street	park	and	passive	boating	facility	
  	    	   •	Berrys	Bay	maritime	precinct	
  	    	   •	Blackwattle	Bay	commercial	vessel	precinct		
           •		 ydney	Cove	and	Circular	Quay	modernisation
           •		 lizabeth	Bay	Legacy	Marina	for	disabled	sailing	
  	    	   •	Sydney	Heritage	Fleet	Base	
  	    	   •	Homebush	Bay	West	maritime	precinct	
           •		 ozelle	Bay	maritime	precinct	including	boat	storage	and	Superyacht	marina	
  	    	   •	Rose	Bay	seaplane	base	
  	    	   •	Walsh	Bay	-	wharf	2/3	vessel	berths

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	 	dentify	new	maritime	site/infrastructure	opportunities

•   Ensure safe public ferry wharves across the State

•   Maintain Sydney Harbour commuter wharves, and improve disabled access, with an
     investment of $89 million over 12 years

•   Work with the community to improve passive boating facilities, including a new Sydney
     Harbour home for dragon boating and better facilities for launching and operating hand
     and wind powered craft

•   Complete a boat storage study for NSW to inform land use planning discussions and as a
     support tool to guide industry investment

•   Support initiatives to improve opportunities for disabled access to and along waterways

•   Work with industry to deliver new and improved refuelling and sewage pumpout points
     across the State.

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  Safe and Competitive Ports

  •   Facilitate the progress of the Hunter River Newcastle – South Arm Dredging Project

      Implement the Government’s port reform program including:
          •		 riving	reforms	to	the	Hunter	Valley	coal	chain	to	support	the	Port	of	Newcastle	
          •		 upporting	the	relocation	of	vehicle	imports	and	the	development	of	the	Outer	
            Harbour at Port Kembla
          •		 upporting	the	development	of	the	third	container	terminal	at	Port	Botany,	and	the	
            implementation of reforms to the Port Botany landside logistics chain
          •		 verseeing	the	development	of	a	future	working	harbour	approach	to	port	activity	in	
            Sydney Harbour

  •   Amend the Marine Pollution Act (to call up all parts of the MARPOL Convention)

  •   Maintain an effective safety model for NSW ports

  •   Maintain effective marine pollution contingency plans for NSW

  •   Effectively operate and manage the regional ports of Eden and Yamba.

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Community Support

•   Maintain the Ministerial Maritime Advisory Council as the key source of advice on
     developing maritime safety issues and supporting the boating community

•   Maintain technical advisory bodies or forums for recreational boat users, commercial
     vessel operators, fishing industry vessel operators, vessel builders and maritime property

•   Convene a biennial Maritime Forum of key stakeholders and community organisations
     (2010, 2012) and act on the outcomes

•   Reduce red tape, and ensure maritime transactions wherever practical can be completed on-
     line or by mail

•   Work with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, TAFE, boating education providers and
     government to streamline the maritime qualification system and improve the transferability
     of interstate qualifications

•   Pursue a revised marine career and certification structure with greater recognition of broader
     maritime qualifications

•   Develop a national standards for onboard waste treatment

•   Work with Murray River houseboat operators on a local trial of onboard grey water
     treatment technology

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  •   Encourage local councils to fit gross pollutant traps on stormwater drains bordering major
       waterways and harbours

  •   Work with government agencies to improve opportunities for boat building in NSW, and
       review commercial vessel survey requirements to ensure best practice and encourage a
       continued growth in commercial vessels operations

  •   Implement a formal customer feedback system to ensure customer and stakeholder concerns
       are recorded and acted upon

  •   Remove litter and waste from the waters and foreshore of Sydney Harbour and the navigable
       waters of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers, 365 days per year

  •   Oversee the construction of a purpose-built pollution combat vessel for cleaning Sydney

  MEaSuRINg ouR SuccESS

  Progress reports on the delivery of the above projects, and others undertaken in support of
  these priority areas, will be provided in the annual report and periodically.

  In order to measure how well NSW Maritime achieves positive, long-term changes in the four
  priority areas, the following results will be published annually:

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Boating Safety

•   Number of reported boating incidents per 100,000 registered and licensed vessels against
     long term trends

•   Number of fatal boating incidents per 100,000 registered and licensed vessels against long
     term trends

•   Compliance rates to key regulatory requirements against long term trends.

Maritime Infrastructure

•   Number and value of new projects awarded Better Boating grant program funding for both
     upgrades to i) existing facilities and ii) new facilities by year

•   Report on progressive number of Better Boating grant program upgrades to existing facilities
     and new facilities completed by total over time

•   Expenditure on wharf maintenance and upgrades

•   % of audited wharves: i) compliant to wharf assessment guidelines; ii) with minor non-
     compliance; iii) with major non-compliance.

Safe and Competitive Ports

•   TEU – Average five year growth for NSW ports

•   Dry Bulk – Average five year growth for NSW ports

•   General Cargo – Average five year growth for NSW ports

•   For major ports, adverse compliance reports against Port Safety Operating Licences

•   For minor ports adverse compliance reports against Port Safety Operating Standards.

Community Support

•   Progressive % of renewals undertaken on-line, by year

•   Progressive % of applications available on-line, by year

•   Number of complaints recorded by functional area

•   Expenditure provided for operational and training support of volunteer marine rescue.

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