Declaration of boating activity exemption - Ironman 70-3 Geelong

Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager for the Local Port of Port Phillip, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Ironman Australia, persons and vessels involved in the Ironman 70.3 Geelong are exempt from the following requirements:


State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988

1.  Clause 2(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water.

2.  Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel.

3.  Clause 3(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of the water’s edge.

4.  Clause 3(b) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a fixed or floating structure.

Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010 / Marine Act 1988

5.  Clause 1.4.7 of Schedule 1 – 5 knot speed restriction zones: all waters of South West Port Phillip within 200 metres of the waters’ edge.

6.  Clause 1.4.12 (c) of Schedule 1 - The master of a personal watercraft must not operate the personal watercraft:  for any purpose other than transiting in the safest most direct course to, or from the shore and/or a boat ramp or berthing facility (including a jetty, pier or mooring), whilst operating within designated 5 knot speed restriction zones.


    Subject to the conditions detailed below:


    • Masters of powered rescue vessels are only exempt from items 1 to 5 when 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 on shore.
    • Masters of personal watercraft rescue vessels are only exempt from item 6 for the duration of the event.
    • Occupants of powered vessels and personal watercraft involved with the event must wear a personal floatation device at all times during the event and vessels must have all prescribed safety equipment.
    • The exemptions apply from 7:00am to 9:30am on 28th March 2021 within the waters of the event area at Eastern Beach, Geelong.
    • The exemptions apply provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.



    Port Management Act 1995 (Vic.)

    Port Management (Local Ports) Regulations 2015

    Set Aside Determination – Regulation 11(1)

    Local ports of Port Phillip, Western Port and/or Port Campbell


    As the Port Manager of Local Port of Port Phillip, Parks Victoria has set aside an area of Port Phillip to facilitate the Ironman 70.3 Geelong organised by USM Events Pty Ltd trading as Ironman Australia at Eastern Beach at approximate location (WGS84) 38° 08.760S, 144° 22.140E. The set aside prohibits all persons entering the area between 7:00am and 9:30am on 28 March 2021. The full declaration including event information is available on Parks Victoria’s website.



    Parks Victoria
    Dated: 24/03/2021

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