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Event exclusion zones

A number of the spectacular events that take place on Port Phillip requires sections of Port Phillip to be closed for event and spectator safety. Exclusion zones are created by a temporary change to the Marine Act 1988 that allows the closure of a designated area of water for the safety of event patrons and the general public. Exclusion zones are patrolled by Parks Victoria patrol boats and recreational boat operators should follow the directions of Parks Victoria officers at all times.

The exclusion zone boundaries are usually indicated in the rivers by red ‘Stop No Boats’ buoys for all events that require exclusion zones in order to run an event organised race. Exclusion zones and river closures are advertised periodically in the public notices section of the Herald Sun and the Government Gazette. A Notice to Mariners is distributed prior to the event.