School holidays prompt warning from Gold Coast Water Police

Queensland Police are reminding youngsters enjoying their school holidays to follow the rules, especially while out in the waterways.

The school holiday periods always see a spike in boating activities across the Gold Coast, though too often the marine laws are broken in order to do so.

Parents are being reminded that children under the age of 16 cannot operate a vessel in excess of 6 horsepower.


While, teenagers over the age of 16 can only do so if they have a boat licence.

These school holidays, police have fielded scores of complaints of young people breaking the speed limit in six knot zones as well.

There have also been instances of vessel overloading and operating with no safety equipment.

Last week at Currumbin Creek, water police detected numerous offences committed by young people who were dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act 1992. 

Many of the children’s parents were unaware of what was happening.

Police want people to enjoy the Gold Coast waterways safely and will continue to work with members of the community to achieve this.

Locals are being urged to contact police if they see anyone doing the wrong thing.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.