Hindmarsh Shire has proposed new Wimmera River operating rules.HINDMARSH Shire Council has proposed new waterway rules for the Wimmera River in a bid to protect banks.
New rules for Dimboola and Jeparit will determine operating times and restrict boat sizes.
Hindmarsh chief executive Tony Doyle said council was concerned about at the state of the river banks.
“We have a number ofskiing areas along the Wimmera River, we wanted to introduce a measure to try to protect the banks,” he said.
“Ultimately we want to reduce the rate of erosion caused by boats,” he said.
At bothDimboola and Jeparit, boats cannot be longer than 6.4 metres.
Towed sports will be prohibited between 6pm and 10am in November andApril and between sunset and sunrise from December to March.
Mr Doyle said passengers would berestricted to onlyfour people for each boat, whenever the boatis towing.
Children less than 12 years old will be counted as half a person.
Mr Doyle said the river was a major tourist attraction and a hub for activities such a water skiing, wake boarding, swimming and fishing.
“Council recognises there are some major issues associated with the effects of excessive wake on the river banks,” he said.
“The effect of the wake has caused tree and river bank erosion.
“Council believe that by limiting excessive wakes and introducing operating times, environmental damage can be minimised.”
Boats must not exceed 40 knots an hour when towing a barefoot skier and 31 knots an hour when towing a skier,wake boarder or any other towed device.
People cannot operate the vessel in a way that causes an excessive wake or bow wave.
Any water skier or wake boarder being towed shall swim to the right bank whenever they lose the tow rope and make themselves obvious to any approaching boats.
My Doyle said council had worked with the community to put together the proposed rules.
“The Dimboola Boat and Water Ski Club has been very involved throughout the whole process,” he said.
“They are one of the groups that raised the issue about the state of the river bank in the first instance.
“They are working as hard as anyone else to make sure the banks are preserved.”
The community can make submissions on theproposed rules.
“People have been actively submitting feedback and we are pleased with the level of interest so far,” Mr Doyle said.
He said the rules were designed to minimise risk and reduce environmental effects, without compromising water activities.
Council will accept written submissions untilFriday.
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