Jetski riders argue for responsible use
The Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association has heard presentations from local jetski riders and a jetski business, arguing for the responsible use of jetskis in local waters.
"However, many people here are still not convinced," said association president, Ms Peta Colebatch.
She said two keen local jetski riders presented their views at a meeting held on April 10.
They produced a number of emails they had solicited that supported the responsible use of jetskis.
Ms Colebatch said: "Later in the meeting the owner of a business selling water craft was given the opportunity to put forward his perspective.
"He noted the number of people he employed, the business it created (selling over 300 units a year), and the steps being taken to encourage responsible use of the skis, including the development of the Responsible Rider Program."
He said that steps were being taken by the industry to ensure that good behaviour was encouraged.
"All keen jet ski riders stressed that they were doing the right thing and respecting others in the community."
A Central Coast jet ski community group was reported to have been created on Facebook.
However, Ms Colebatch said residents were not convinced.
"Many people here have outlined the problems they have encountered when trying to peacefully swim or kayak, or when they have tried to point out the problems to some jet ski riders.
"Clearly this is an issue about which many people have strong feelings, so further discussion will continue.
"A positive outcome of our meeting was being able to discuss the issue with those who have contact with the industry and who can communicate with their members," she said.
Newsletter, 4 May 2017
Peta Colebatch, WTKCA