Boaties trade in lifejackets

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Port Hedland boat owners will have no excuses when it comes to lifejackets as they finally get access to the Old4New program.

As part of the Department of Transport’s Marine Safety Education Trailer tour of the North West, the lifejacket upgrade program stopped in the coastal town on Sunday to promote safety on the water.

The program, which is delivered in conjunction with the Royal Lifesaving Society of Western Australia, is an opportunity whereby old, damaged, obsolete or foam-filled life jackets can be exchanged for a voucher to buy a new lifejacket.

DoT manager safety educa-tion Laurie Adams said marine education and regional transport officers were on location to engage and discuss issues with Hedland boat owners.

“Voucher limits and restrictions are in place to ensure the benefits of the program apply to as many vessels as possible,” he said. “To avoid disappointment it’s important that people wanting to participate in the program read the Old4Newguidelines at transport.wa.gov.au/lifejackets to check if their jackets qualify for an up-grade and to find out more information.”

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Now in its fourth season, the program aims to promote wearing a lifejacket when boaties are out on the water, especially when in smaller craft.

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