DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION
Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager for the Yarra River upstream of the port
waters of the Port of Melbourne, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the
Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).
For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Rowing Victoria, persons and vessels
involved in the 2022 Melbourne Head 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 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
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 3.1 of Schedule 3 5 knot speed restriction on the Yarra River.
6. Clause 3.4(a) of Schedule 3 Vessels proposing to berth at the boathouses must
approach the berthing area from downstream and after passing through the southern
arch of the Princes Bridge.
Subject to the conditions detailed below:
· Masters of competing vessels are
only exempt from 2 to 6 in the above list when competing in the event.
· Masters of rescue and official
vessels are only exempt from 1 in the above list while 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 and must adhere to speed and
distance rules at all other times.
· Occupants of rescue and official vessels
involved in the event must wear a personal floatation device at all times.
· 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 the Exemption Notice made under
the Marine Regulations 1999 in respect of the exemption for rowing vessels to not
carry or wear a personal flotation device.
exemptions apply from 4.30 am to 5.00 pm on Saturday 26 November 2022 within
the exclusion zone waters on the Yarra River between a straight line between
the Monash Freeway
Bridge to a straight line between the upstream edge of Federation Wharf to
Mercantile Rowing Shed.
The exemptions apply provided the stated safety controls and
undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are
Marine Safety Act 2010
NOTICE OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXCLUSION ZONE
Victoria as the declared waterway manager for Yarra River upstream of port
waters of the Port of Melbourne
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 Rowing Victoria’s 2022 Melbourne Head Regatta are
prohibited from entering and remaining in the following waters.
Waters of the Yarra River – between the Monash Freeway Bridge to a
straight line between the upstream edge of Federation Wharf to Mercantile
The exclusion zone will be in effect from 7:30am to 5:00pm
on Saturday 26 November 2022.