Declaration of boating activity exemption and exclusion zone - Albert Park Lake Masters Regatta 2021

PUBLIC NOTICE
DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION

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

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Melbourne Argonauts Rowing Club, persons and vessels involved in the Albert Park Lake Masters Regatta 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 meters of a person in the water
2. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 meters of another vessel
3. Clause 3(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 meters of the water’s edge
4. Clause 3(b) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 meters of a fixed or floating structure

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

5. Clause 151.1 of Schedule 151 – 5 knot speed restriction for vessels with engines

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

  • Masters of rescue vessels are only exempt from item 1 to 4 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 and item 5 for the duration of the event.
  • Competitors are only exempt from items 2 to 4 for the duration of the event.
  • Occupants of mechanically powered vessels involved with the event must wear a personal flotation device at all times during the event and vessels must have all prescribed safety equipment.
  • The 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 made under the Marine Regulations 1999 in respect of the exemption for rowing vessels to not carry or wear a personal flotation device.
  • The exemptions apply from 7:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday 24 April 2021 within the exclusion zone waters – Albert Park Lake, south and west of Gunn Island.
  • The exemptions apply provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.
  • Certain Melbourne Argonauts Rowing Club powered vessels have been approved by Parks Victoria to operate on the waters of Albert Park Lake as per Clause 151.2(a) of Schedule 151 of the Notice under the Marine Act 1988

Parks Victoria
Dated: 22/04/2021


Marine Safety Act 2010
Section 208(2)
NOTICE OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXCLUSION ZONE

Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager for Albert Park Lake hereby gives notice under section 208(2) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) that all persons and vessels not registered to take part in the Albert Park Lake Masters Regatta are prohibited from entering and remaining in the following waters.

Waters of Albert Park Lake – South and West of Gunn Island

The exclusion zone will be in effect from 7:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday 24 April 2021.

Parks Victoria
Dated: 22/04/2021

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