Chance to save while saving a life

Time to swap: Marine safety officers will be out and about over the next few weeks with the state government's life jacket program.
Time to swap: Marine safety officers will be out and about over the next few weeks with the state government's life jacket program.

If you have old, damaged or non-compliant life jackets in your boat you can get some financial help when purchasing replacements through a State Government program.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is offering to help boaters upgrade their life vests with the Old4New upgrade voucher exchange project.

The program accepts old, damaged, non-compliant or unsuitable life jackets from the public in exchange for a $20 voucher, which can be redeemed at any of the participating stores when purchasing a new device as long as it meets the Australian Standard AS 4758.

Between January and March marine safety officers will be visiting boat ramps at regional and metropolitan locations across the State and setting up a van as their base, from which people can swap their old life jackets for $20 vouchers which can be redeemed at a number of stores.

Officers can also talk to boaters and the public about boat and marine safety with a range of information available at hand.

For more information on the Old4New program, participating stores, life jacket specifications and the entire visit schedule across South Australia visit https://dpti.sa.gov.au/ondeck/news?a=396521

Regional Itinerary

Tue, Jan 22 – 12-2pm – Robe (Lake Butler Marina boat ramp)

Sat, Feb 9 – 11am-2pm – Encounter Bay boat ramp

Thur, Feb 21 – 3pm-6pm – Murray Bridge Sturt Reserve boat ramp

Fri, Feb 22 – 3pm-6pm – Mannum Maryann Reserve boat ramp

Sat, Feb 23 – 9am-11am – Ceduna (Puckridge boat ramp)

Sat, Feb 23 – 2.30pm-5.30pm – Streaky Bay Slidy ramp

Sun, Feb 23 – 3pm-6pm – Port Lincoln (Stenross Slipway boat ramp)

Mon, Feb 25 – 1pm-3pm – Port Pirie boat ramp

Fri, Mar 8 – 3pm-5pm – Port Broughton boat ramp

Sat, Mar 9 – 9am-11am – Wallaroo boat ramp

Sun, Mar 10 – 10am-12pm – Port Vincent Marina boat ramp

Thurs, Mar 14 – 4pm-6pm – Murray Bridge Sturt Reserve boat ramp

Fri, Mar 15 – 4pm-6pm – Mannum Maryann Reserve boat ramp

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