Declaration of boating activity exemption - Moomba Festival 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE
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 the City of Melbourne, persons and vessels involved in the Moomba Festival 2020 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 a fixed or floating structure;
5. Clause 14(a) –vessels must travel in an anti-clockwise direction on inland waters;
6. Clause 19(b) – the master of a vessel must not tow more than 3 persons;
7. Clause 19(c) – the master of a vessel must not tow a person between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.

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

8. Clause 3.1 of Schedule 3 – 5 knot speed restriction on waters of the Yarra River; 
9. Clause 3.3(a) of Schedule 3 – Prohibition of swimmers on the waters of the Yarra River upstream of port waters of the Port of Melbourne;
10. Clause 3.3(c)(i) of Schedule 3 – Areas of the Yarra River upstream of port waters of the Port of Melbourne to Dight’s Falls where berthing and mooring is prohibited.

Marine Safety Regulations 2012

11. Regulation 100(3) – person must wear a personal floatation device (of type specified) at all times when vessel is underway; 
12. Regulation 103– all persons being towed by a vessel must wear a Personal Flotation Device;
13. Regulation 104(1) – master must ensure all occupants of vessel are wearing a personal floatation device;
14. Regulation 104(2) – the master of a vessel must not tow a person unless the person is wearing a Personal Flotation Device.

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

  • Masters of rescue vessels are exempt from items 1-5 and item 8 in the above list only when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress and provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety.
  • Masters of tournament/ski vessels are exempt from items 2-5 and item 8 in the above list only when involved in 2020 Moomba Masters events.
  • Masters of tournament/ski vessels are exempt from item 7 in the above list on condition that all competitors involved in night competition or shows of 2020 Moomba Masters events wear an approved light.
  • Masters of rescue and tournament/ski vessels are exempt from item 10 in the above list for the duration of the event.
  • Only competitors involved in the trick skiing or Ski Show components of 2020 Moomba Masters events are exempt from items 11 & 12 in the above list.
  • Masters of tournament/ski vessels are exempt from items 13 & 14 in the above list only when towing or retrieving trick skiers or Ski Show participants.
  • Masters of tournament/ski vessels are only exempt from item 6 in the above list when towing water skiers who are involved in the Ski Show component of the 2020 Moomba Masters event.
  • Competitors involved in 2020 Moomba Masters events are exempt from item 9 in the above list during competition only.
  • Competitors involved in 2020 Birdman Rally are exempt from item 9 in the above list on condition that a PFD Type 2 and protective helmet are worn.
  • Masters of course vessels are only exempt from item 10 in the above list and at all times must adhere to state and scheduled waterway rules. 
  • Occupants of all powered vessels, including rescue vessels used in conjunction with this event must at all times wear a Personal Flotation Device of the required type. 
  • The exemptions only apply within the exclusion zones for the time, date and location as specified in Table 1 and 2, attached, provided that the stated safety control and undertakings detailed in the event application and associated documents are adhered to.

Table 1: Yarra River Events for 2020 Moomba Festival

Date

Time

Event

Closure Area

Tuesday 25 February 2020

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Yarra River Course Set Up

A

Wednesday 26 February 2020

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Yarra River Course Set Up

A

Thursday 27 February 2020

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Yarra River Course Set Up

A

Friday 28 February 2020

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Yarra River Course Set Up

A

Monday 2 March 2020

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Yarra River Course Set Up

A

Tuesday 3 March 2020

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Yarra River Course Set Up

A

Wednesday 4 March 2020

8:00 am - 11:30 am

12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Moomba Masters Event

B

Thursday 5 March 2020

8:00 am - 11:30 am

12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Moomba Masters Event

B

Friday 6 March 2020

8:00 am - 12:30 pm 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Moomba Masters Event

B

Saturday 7 March 2020

8:00 am - 12:30 pm

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Moomba Masters Event

 

B

Sunday 8 March 2020

8:00 am - 12.30 pm

1.00 pm - 7.00 pm

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Moomba Masters Event

 

B

10:00 am -1:00 pm

Birdman Rally

C

Monday 9 March 2020

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Moomba Masters Event

B


Table 2: Yarra River Closure Areas for 2020 Moomba Festival

Area A

The waters of the Yarra River between the upstream edge of the VRA Landing and Swan St Bridge.

Area B

The waters of the Yarra River between the upstream edge of the VRA Landing and Morell Bridge.

Area C

The waters of the Yarra River between an imaginary line running from the downstream edge of the VRA Landing to the upstream edge of Federation Wharf and the upstream edge of the Sea Wall.


Parks Victoria
Dated: 18 February 2020

 

 

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