Bays and waterways events
Event permits are required for events on Port Phillip, Western Port and Yarra, Maribyrnong and Patterson rivers to ensure the protection of the environment and the rights and expectations of other users.
Parks Victoria is the waterway manager for Port Phillip, Western Port and Yarra, Maribyrnong and Patterson rivers. These bays and waterways are highly valued by the community for recreational, environmental and economic purposes.
Your event application will be assessed with consideration to environmental impacts, risk to participants and spectators, potential impacts on other user’s, venue availability and value to tourism and recreational needs.
To obtain a permit, event organisers need to follow these steps.
Step 1: Plan the event
Events must meet set objectives and criteria. Event organisers must plan their event so it causes the least amount of disruption to stakeholders and other bay or waterway users.
The following document gives direction on the type of events and activities that are appropriate in the various precincts of Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers:
Step 2: Submit an Expression of Interest
To have your event included in the events schedule, you must submit an EOI form to Parks Victoria.
Parks Victoria holds an Expression of Interest (EOI) to hold events twice a year. Event organisers are contacted in February for events held in winter and in August for events held in winter. New event organisers may submit an EOI at any time.
Step 3: Complete an event application
After you have submitted an EOI, Parks Victoria will respond to you regarding the suitability of your event. You can then complete an event application.
Parks Victoria will assess your application against its framework for events on bays and waterways and will respond to you regarding the suitability of your event.
The application must be submitted 10 weeks prior to the proposed event date.
29 Aug 2014
A species of wattle not previously found in Victoria has been discovered in the north east, in Mount Lawson State Park near the New South Wales border. Acacia linearifolia is a wattle with very narrow, long and straightphyllodes or leaves. Local Parks Victoria Ranger Kelton Goyne discovered about six trees…
22 Sep 2014 12:00am - 3 Oct 2014 12:00am
Parks Victoria’s Discovery program is designed to encourage kids and adults to explore Victoria’s parks with a ranger. Whether it’s discovering mini beasts through a microscope, learning about creatures’ tracks and traces and their habitats, or discovering the fascinating life beneath the sea during a rock pool ramble, kids will…
22 Sep 2014 12:00am - 5 Oct 2014 12:00am
Drop in and pick up your explorer pack from the Mansion with activity sheets, magnifying glass and pencil. Complete the activities and return the pack to collect some Junior Ranger goodies. Activities are available every day of the school holidays.
22 Sep 2014 8:00am - 25 Sep 2014 5:00pm
Make a big difference at Little Desert! Learn about the endangered Mallefowl recovery program, support wildlife monitoring and encounter a range of native wildlife species held at the Little Desert Sanctuary including Suger Gliders, Bruh-tailed Bettongs and Bush-stone Curlews.
22 Sep 2014 8:30am - 25 Sep 2014 5:30pm
We will take you behind the scenes on this exclusive, small group adventure as you work alongside a Parks Victoria Ranger to 'track and protect' the elusive Brush-tailed Phascogales, which are on Victoria's threatened species list. You will sample some of the region's best wines, see ancient Aboriginal rock art…