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COVID-19 Updates

April 21, 2020

9th April 2020

As we approach the Easter weekend, there is a strong message from our Nations Leaders to stay home and maintain social distancing.

People are asked to stay home, not travel to holiday houses or outside their local area to minimise the risk of community transmission and spreading the virus to communities who are currently not effected.

While there has been no official change to the rules previously issued, the latest message from MSQ General Manager, Angus Mitchell quotes

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has been very clear – if you don’t need to be out then stay ashore, stay home. People should be undertaking essential boating only, in their local area, ensuring that social distancing guidelines are applied…

Some essential reasons you may need to use your boat could be to:

  1. exercise (e.g. kayaking/sailing/paddling etc);
  2. fish;
  3. get to and from work, where the work cannot reasonably be performed from home;
  4. get groceries; and
  5. provide assistance, care or support to an immediate member of the person’s family.

Social distancing rules always apply – at the boat ramp and on your boat.  Unless you have an essential need to be out – stay ashore, stay homeIf you do need to go out, stick to your local waters.”

The Boating Industry Association is asking people to PLEASE STAY HOME THIS EASTER

In a news article published by the Boating Industry Association yesterday, their message is clear

Stay Home.  Only go boating if you determine it meets the criteria of essential travel… The rules around permissible activities are constantly changing and if you are unclear it is better to stay home than risk spreading or catching the disease or getting a fine.”
“It is the individual’s responsibility to determine if they have a reasonable excuse to be out of their home and we are advised there will be Police and Boating Patrols out over the Easter weekend enforcing the rules,” BIA President Darren Vaux said.
“We can get through this together and get back to the pastime we love, if we all do our part. For now, we must make the sacrifices required of us in the interests of the broader community.”

If you are heading out for essential boating this weekend, be sure to complete the MSQ COVID-19 Recreational Vessels Arrival Form prior to entering Rosslyn Bay Harbour on your return.

Remember, this includes permanent vessels returning to their berth after overnight or extended time out of the marina.

The local Water Police will be out on the water over the Easter Weekend and intercepting vessels for marine safety checks and will be checking for compliance to the essential boating and social distancing rules.

If attending the Marina to inspect your vessel

  • please do so alone following social distancing rules,  
  • attend to essential safety checks only
  • access between 6am and 6pm,
  • remember to wash your hands with soap before and after using any shared facilities
  • maintain social distance from other boat owners. 
  • Please report any unusual activity to info@keppelbaymarina.com.au or if urgent 0459 336 244.

An easy option for those chasing Easter Seafood, Rosslyn Bay Fishermans Market is open every day from 9am over the Easter Weekend.

While our office is closed, our team can still be contacted on 4933 6244 or info@keppelbaymarina.com.au to assist with our usual services and for any chandlery requirements.

Wishing all our community a safe and Happy Easter and looking forward to the time we can all be getting out and enjoying our wonderful boating lifestyle once again.

Until then, stay safe, stay well and stay home

Kylie & the KBM Crew

DISCLAIMER – while we are taking all measures possible to provide vessel owners with the most up to date information possible, we are merely sharing the rules and recommendations of the Australia Government, and we are not providing advice on interpretation, enforcing compliance or policing adherence. 

Each individual is personally responsible to themselves and the greater community… remember many of our community are over 70 years of age and therefore high risk, so if you don’t follow the rules for yourself, do it for them!

 

3rd April 2020

Dear All

Please find attached below a link to an online form ALL RECREATIONAL VESSELS ARRIVING at Keppel Bay Marina must complete prior to entering Rosslyn Bay Harbour.

COVID-19 Recreational Vessels Arrival Form

This includes permanent vessels returning to their berth after overnight or extended time out of the marina.

Note as specified on the form, a copy will be sent to MSQ Gladstone and to the Keppel Bay Marina Office when you click SUBMIT NOW.

If you elect to print the PDF to complete, please ensure you email a copy to both MSQ Gladstone and info@keppelbaymarina.com.au

IMPORTANT – it is each individuals responsibility to follow the Australian Government and Queensland Health Directions in relation to self-isolation and what to do if you suspect your or one of your crew may have or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

  • Social Distancing 5m must be adhered to at all times.
  • Those approved to live aboard vessels must self-quarantine, your vessel is your HOME, ensure you follow the directions for staying home and do not use the Marina and Restaurant public spaces to congregate
  • Please wash hands with soap BEFORE AND AFTER accessing bathroom facilities where necessary, and before and after touching any other shared facilities including trolleys.
  • Please respect our staffs need to continue to provide essential services with minimal risk to their health, and do not approach or interrupt staff while working – all contact via 4933 6244 or info@keppelbaymarina.com.au

With thanks
Kylie & the crew

Keppel Bay Marina
4933 6244
info@keppelbaymarina.com.au

DISCLAIMER – while we are taking all measures possible to provide vessel owners with the most up to date information possible, we are merely sharing the rules and recommendations of the Australia Government, and we are not providing advice on interpretation, enforcing compliance or policing adherence. 

Each individual is personally responsible to themselves and the greater community… remember many of our community are over 70 years of age and therefore high risk, so if you don’t follow the rules for yourself, do it for them!

 

2nd April 2020

Dear All

With conflicting reports in the media, , the Transport Minister corrected this morning

“There are no restrictions on boating for fishing or essential travel to/from work or (your) home in Queensland,” he said on Twitter.

“If you own a boat and want to head out in the water in your local community to fish for food this weekend, you can,” he said.

“If you need your boat to travel locally in your community, you can still do that.”

“If you want to head out on your kayak or stand up paddle board or sailing for exercise, you still can.”

If you are heading out, please remember social distancing while transiting through the Marina, ensure you are well prepared to minimise need for Coastguard assistance as their resources are limited during this time, and stay safe.

More updates as they become available.

Kylie & the Crew
Keppel Bay Marina

 

1st April 2020

Dear All

In line with the Government’s directions relating to the containment of Covid-19, The Waterline Restaurant and Marina Office are now closed.

We encourage all of our community to stay home, and if heading out for an essential reason, please ensure you follow social distancing directions, particularly if attending the marina or your vessel, as many of our community fall into the high risk age group being over 70.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION DURING THIS CLOSURE

GOVT RESTRICTIONS ON RECREATIONAL BOATING

All vessel owners are asked to read and observe yesterday’s Government restrictions on recreational boating CLICK HERE for press release from Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main Roads.  Note particularly the comment “Be prepared for this advise to change again, should tougher rules to public movements and interaction come in”.

CLICK HERE for link to QLD Govt Media Statements page to watch for new announcements.

MSQ General Manager Angus Mitchell has issued a detailed message to Maritime Colleagues which includes more specific detail on Recreational Boating Restrictions, and a link to subscribe to MSQ Covid-19 updates.

Be aware the Water Police will be monitoring vessel movements and anyone found to be in breach of these new rules will be fined.  We will continue to share information as it becomes available to us, but at this point in time the only information we have is what we have shared above.

MARINA OFFICE

The marina office is now closed.

The primary contact will be via email info@keppelbaymarina.com.au which will be monitored by our team remotely.

If our team are working behind closed doors from time to time, please respect their right to work in isolation, please do not knock for attention, use email as above or phone if absolutely necessary4933 6244 remains the primary phone number, and will be diverted to a mobile phone and answered between 9am and 5pm daily.

After hours, for urgent matters only please call 0459 336 244.

Mail and Couriers will be delivered to Bayside Villa 1 and we will contact vessel owners when received.

PERMANENT VESSEL OWNERS

Access to the marina is limited to essential vessel checks only and this must be done between the hours of 6am and 6pm.

Social distancing of 1.5m and gatherings of no more than 2 people strictly apply.

Please minimise movement around the marina and avoid contact with other marina patrons. 

If you notice anything that looks unusual or needs urgent attention, please contact Dean Ganfield 0459 336 244.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

To monitor the security around the marina during this time, we have initiated a NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH with our community who liveaboard their vessels.  The Neighbourhood Watch team will be in regular contact with our team and the local police to ensure our people and property remain safe during this time.  As always in case of emergency please dial 000.

LIVEABOARD/ STAYING ON BOARD

Due to the rules relating to COVID-19 living aboard or staying on board vessels is strictly prohibited unless approved in advance by Marina Management.  

It is essential we know who is living on board vessels, so that our Neighbourhood Watch can report any people loitering around the marina after 6pm straight to Police.

While some marinas now strictly prohibit staying on board vessels and we certainly discourage it unless there are exceptional circumstances, if you have a need to stay on board your vessel for any reason, please contact us in advance via marina@keppelbaymarina.com.au.  

CASUAL BERTH RENTAL

We will continue to allow casual vessel access to the Marina within the rules in place and in consultation with Yeppoon Water Police.  We will have specific guidelines for casual vessels entering the marina to follow. Contact marina@keppelbaymarina.com.au or 0459 336 244.

FACILTIES MAINTENACE

Our team will continue to maintain our facilities, please keep your distance to enable them to continue to do so safely and without distraction.

Commensurate with the reduced traffic and boat usage, we will be closing some of the bathroom facilities, and waste collection has been reduced to on call only.  Where possible, please take waste away with you.

KEPPEL BAY BOATYARD

The boatyard will continues to operate with a strict locked gate policy.

Essential Access for approved tradespeople by prior arrangement only call 0438 336 247.

Vessel owners must depart boatyard immediately after haulout, and will not be permitted to work on own vessel during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Contact with our boatyard team is via phone 0438 336 247 to Jason or email boatyard@keppelbaymarina.com.au only.

Afterhours or emergency contact Dean Ganfield 0459 336 244.

GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND

Most ferries and cruises to Great Keppel and surrounding islands have temporarily ceased operation.  Contact Keppel Konnections direct for information on island transfer services. www.keppelkonnections.com.au

We thank our wonderful community for their support in recent weeks, and we look forward to that day we can be back in business as usual. 

During this time when many people will be under additional stress financial, physically and emotionally, our team will continue to be available to provide support where we can. 

If there is something we can do that will make it easier for you to survive this difficult time, please do reach out via phone or email, and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

Marina Office                  Sharon and Summer will continue to monitor info@keppelbaymarina.com.au 4933 6244
Marina  Operations        Dean Ganfield marina@keppelbaymarina.com.au 0459 336 244
General Manager           Kylie Smith kylie@keppelbaymarina.com.au

Until we see you again
Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Well

Kylie Smith & the crew
Keppel Bay Marina

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