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Declaration of Boating Activity Exemption

Event name:

All RV Regattas for the 2023-2024 season NWSC

Date/time of event:

Refer to table


Patterson River, National Water Sports Centre


Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager for Patterson River, upstream of the Nepean Highway Bridge to Eumemmering Creek including the National Waters Sports Centre (NWSC), 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 (RV) at NWSC, persons and vessels involved in the Rowing Victoria Regattas 2023-2024 Season outlined in Table 1 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
Subject to the conditions detailed below:
  • Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from 2 to 4 in the above list when competing in the event.
  • Masters of rescue vessels are only exempt from 1 to 4 and must adhere to speed and distance rules unless 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.
  • Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from 3 provided they do not exceed 5 knots within 10 metres of the water’s edge.
  • Occupants of powered vessels involved with the event must wear a lifejacket at all times during the event and vessels must have all prescribed safety equipment, including rescue vessels.
  • 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 in respect of the exemption for rowing vessels to not carry and competitors not wear a lifejacket.
  • The exemptions apply for the dates, times and events specified in Table 1 below.
  • The exemptions apply provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.
Table 1 – Rowing Victoria Regattas 2023-2024 Season, NWSC
23 September 2023
7:30am – 12:00pm
NTT #1
21 October 2023
7:30am – 12:00pm
NTT #2
11 November 2023
7:30am – 12:00pm
NTT #3
25 November 2023
7:30am – 6:30pm
9 December 2023
7:30am – 6:30pm
NTT #4 & Regatta
13 April 2024
7:30am – 6:30pm
Masters Regatta

By order of Parks Victoria
Dated: 14/08/23

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