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Declaration of Boating Activity Exemption







City of Ballarat as the declared waterway manager for Lake Wendouree, 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 Rowing Victoria Regatta Events on Lake Wendouree, as detailed in Table 1 below from 19 January to 24 February 2019, are exempt from the following requirements: 


State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988 

  1. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel – applies to competing vessels and marshal/umpire and rescue vessels; 
  1. Clause 3(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of the waters’ edge – applies to competing vessels and marshal/umpire and rescue vessels. 


Waterway Rules made under the Marine Act 1988 

  1. Clause 42.1 of Schedule 42 – 5 knot speed restriction for all the waters of Lake Wendouree for vessels equipped with engines used for propulsion – applies to marshal/umpire and rescue vessels. 


Subject to the conditions detailed below: 


  • Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from items 1 and 2 for the duration of the events. 
  • Masters of marshal/umpire and rescue vessels are only exempt from items 1 to 3 when following competing vessels in a race or at the conclusion of a race when returning to the start line for the next race, and must not exceed 10 knots. They must otherwise 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 on shore. 
  • Occupants of powered vessels involved with the events must wear a personal flotation device at all times during the events. 
  • 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. 
  • The above exemptions apply for the dates, times and events detailed in Table 1, to the persons and vessels participating in the Rowing Victoria Regatta Events within the exclusion zone waters on the whole of Lake Wendouree, provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to. 



Dated:  25 February 2019


Table 1 – 2019 Regatta Dates 




27 February 2019 

2019 Ballarat Head of Lake 

6:00am to 12:00pm 



Date of Publication: 
25 February 2019