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
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