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Declaration of boating activity exemption - Saltwater Challenge Regatta on the Maribyrnong River

Thursday 7 September, 2017

Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager for the Maribyrnong River upstream of Shepherd Bridge on Footscray Road under the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Act) makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Act.

For the purpose of conducting the Saltwater Challenge Regatta by the Essendon Rowing Club on 9 September 2017 on the Maribyrnong River, masters of competing vessels and vessels providing rescue services* involved in the regatta are exempt from:

1. Clause 2(c) of the Notice under the Marine Act 1988 in respect to operating a vessel at a speed not exceeding 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel.

2. Clause 3(a) of the Notice under the Marine Act 1988 in respect to operating a vessel at a speed not exceeding 5 knots within 50 metres of the waters’ edge.

3. Clause 3(b) of the Notice under the Marine Act 1988 in respect to operating a vessel at a speed not exceeding 5 knots within 50 metres of a fixed or floating structure.

4. Clause 4.1 of Schedule 4 of the Notice under the Marine Act 1988 in respect to the 5 knot speed restriction on the waters of the Maribyrnong River.

*The masters of vessels providing rescue services must ensure they comply with the gazetted waterway rules and Marine Safety Act 2010 in respect to minimum speed and distances requirements, 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.

This event is operating under the auspices of Rowing Victoria, including the Rowing Victoria Safety Management Plan, which meets the criteria of Clause 3 of Exemption Notice 1 of the Notice made under the Marine Regulations 1999 in respect of the exemption for occupants of rowing vessels to carry or wear a personal flotation device.

The exemptions apply from 6.00 am to 3.00 pm on Saturday 9 September 2017, provided that the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the Event Application and associated documentation are adhered to.

By order of Parks Victoria
Dated: 7 September 2017

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