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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Change Of Tide Tables For The Better - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Change Of Tide Tables For The Better - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

With improving conditions forecast for holiday boating, the Minister for Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, Bryan Green, has reminded boat users of a change in the availability of tidal information.

Mr Green said Marine and Safety Tasmania had agreed with ports administrations’ decision to make the change, which means the traditional tidal tables are available more widely at a cheaper price or indeed for free.

“MAST has helped the Trading Post publish a new magazine called Cruise.

“The magazine includes the tide tables along with a range of other boating information like a calendar of events, safety information for boating and water skiing, marine radio, weather and a guide to boat ramps around the State.

“There were 24,000 copies of Cruise printed compared to about 4000 of the old tide tables.

“The magazine was distributed free in the Trading Post as an introductory offer and has subsequently been available through newsagents for $4.95 compared with the $6.60 charge for the old Tide Tables published by the ports.

“Being available through newsagents makes the tables much more accessible to boat owners throughout the State than the old publication, which was only available through port offices.

“MAST also provides tidal information on its website www.mast.tas.gov.au , which has a link to the Bureau of Meterology where tide predictions until 2010 are available for free.

“Tasports also provides tidal information for the calendar year 2006 on its website for the major ports.”

Mr Green said MAST had advised all recreational and non commercial boaters of the changes in its Boatwise newsletter posted to all recreational boat licensees and boat owners in November and they seem to have been well received.


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