New waterway rules for Lake Fyans

Published on 07 October 2015

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New waterway rules for Lake Fyans have been approved by Transport Safety Victoria and will come into force this summer.

Cr Wayne Rice said the new rules aim to improve the overall safety and useability of the precinct.

“Council consulted extensively in 2013 and 2014 with users of the lake and the general public. From this, we formed an advisory group which, in conjunction with Transport Safety Victoria, assisted us to come up with the new rules for Lake Fyans,” Cr Rice said.

“Council will be putting up new signage at Lake Fyans and Walkers Lake thanks to funding from the state government, as well as buoys at Lake Fyans to clearly designate the areas formed under the new rules.”

Highlights of the new rules include:

  • Introduction of a 5 knot speed limit around the perimeter of the lake
  • Establishment of two vessel-prohibited areas for the purpose of swimming
  • Establishment of a special purpose zone for activities such as water skiing, governed by specific rules

The special purpose zone will be located on the southern side of the lake and the access lanes will be established through an area with some, but limited, trees. The zone has been created in recognition of historical usage and is designed to enable access through this area whilst also recognising the safety issues of unregulated vessel usage.

Lake Lonsdale will continue to operate under its existing rules, whilst Walkers Lake will be regulated by state Vessel Operating and Zoning (VOZR) rules in Victoria. Full details of these rules are available on the Transport Safety Victoria website. 

Image credit: Terry Monaghan, Stawell