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Declaration of boating activity exemption - Australian Henley Rowing Regatta

Monday 20 February, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE
DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION

Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager for the Yarra River upstream of the port waters of the Port of Melbourne under the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Act) makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Act.

For the purpose of conducting the Australian Henley Rowing Regatta by Melbourne Amateur Regatta Association Inc in their application of 12 December 2016, under section 203(1) of the Act, masters of competing vessels and masters of vessels providing rescue services involved in the regatta are exempt from the following under the Marine Act 1988:

  1. The requirements to operate a vessel at a speed not exceeding 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel as detailed in clause 2(c).
  2. The requirements to operate a vessel at a speed not exceeding 5 knots within 50 metres of a fixed or floating structure detailed in clause 3(b).
  3. The requirements of clause 3.1 (5 knot speed restriction zone) and clause 3.4(a) (berthing at boathouses from downstream) of Schedule 3 of the Notice under the Marine Act 1988.

Masters of vessels providing rescue services must not exceed 5 knots except when following a competing rowing vessel, or exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water, unless otherwise undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety and includes any on-water activities that may be preliminary or incidental to that operation.
 
The exemptions apply from 7.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 25 February 2017, provided that the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the Event Application and Rowing Victoria Safety Management Plan are adhered to.

By order of Parks Victoria
Dated: 20/02/2017

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