Public Notices

Parks Victoria publishes public notices where relevant, including information regarding leases and boating and waterway activity exemptions.


Event name:

Victorian Coastal Rowing Challenge

Date/time of event:

11 December 2022


Port Melbourne, between Port Melbourne Yacht Club and Lagoon Pier


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 Rowing Victoria, persons and vessels involved in the Victorian Coastal Rowing Challenge at Port Melbourne 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 4(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 200 metres of the water’s edge
4.    Clause 4(b) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a wharf, jetty, slipway, diving platform or boat ramp
Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010 / Marine Act 1988
5.    Clause 1.1.7(a) – Five (5) knot speed restriction zone between Sandridge Life Saving Club and Lagoon Pier
Marine Safety Regulations 2012
6.    Regulation 96(3) – Master requirement to carry listed safety equipment on vessel on enclosed waters (Bailer)
7.    Regulation 100(2) – persons on vessels must wear a PFD of type specified at all times when underway on enclosed waters
Subject to the conditions detailed below:
·      Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from items 2-7 for the duration of the event.
·      Masters of rescue vessels are only exempt from item 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.
·      Occupants of mechanically powered vessels used in conjunction with the event must wear a personal flotation device at all times.
·      Mechanically powered vessels involved with the event must carry all prescribed safety equipment, with the exception of Life Saving Victoria vessels if operating in accordance with the ‘Exemptions for Life Saving Victoria vessels’ in Exemption Notice 1.
·      The exemptions apply from from 8.00am to 1.00pm on Sunday 11 December 2022 within the event area waters at Port Melbourne, between Port Melbourne Yacht Club and Lagoon Pier.
·      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 Port of Port Phillip
I, Graeme Davis, District Manager of Parks Victoria (as delegate of the Port Manager), determine under Regulation 11(1) of the Port Management (Local Ports) Regulations 2015 that the areas defined in the following table are set aside for the purposes and conditions specified.
This determination has been made in accordance with Regulation 11(2)
 (b)          if the port manager reasonably believes that there is imminent risk of—
(i)            harm or damage to—
(A)          the health or safety of any person; or
(ii)           significant interference with the safe, efficient and effective management of the local port.
In accordance with Regulation 11(4), this determination replaces any previous set aside determination made by the port manager in respect of that area or any part there of that area for the period specified in this temporary determination. 
This determination applies from 5.00am until 3.00pm on Sunday 11th December 2022.
Signed at Melbourne
by            Graeme Davis
                 District Manager, Port Phillip Western Port
                 on     23 November 2022
Reasonable conditions (Regulation 14)
Determination to set aside an area in a local port in which access to that area is prohibited or restricted for not more than 90 days.
To set aside an area for the safety of participants and vessels competing in Rowing Victoria’s Victorian Coastal Rowing Challenge.
The area between Lagoon Pier and the Port Melbourne Yacht Club, Port Melbourne Beach as shown on the attached map between the below approximate locations;
1. 37°50.6358’S, 144°56.2413’E
2. 37°50.7563’S, 144°56.1073’E
3. 37°50.8050’S, 144°56.2052’E
4. 37°50.6664’S, 144°56.3546’E
Between 0500hrs and 1500hrs on Sunday 11th December 2022, entry is prohibited to all persons excluding the event participants and Parks Victoria staff.