Don’t forget your Water Smarts this weekend

Thursday 1 October, 2020

With the weather set to give us an early preview of summer this weekend, Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is reminding people visiting our region’s lakes, dams and reservoirs to stay safe on the water.

Rain throughout winter and spring has ensured our storages are in good shape and that’s great news not just for our farmers, but also for people enjoying our storages for recreation.

GMW General Manager of Water Storage Services, Martina Cusack, said to make the most of a weekend visit to the water, to plan ahead and know what recreational facilities are offered at each storage and what rules are in place, depending on water levels and other factors.

“We want you to make smart choices on and around the water. It’s about having fun and making the most of the warmer weather but we want you to return home safe,” she said.

“When visiting be sure to stay safe at all times by following the rules for safe boating including following speed restrictions and keep a lookout for submerged trees and other hazards.

“Any temporary speed restrictions are signposted at public boat ramps.  At all other times you should travel at a safe speed for the water level and conditions.” 

Our Water Smarts campaign highlights the seven most common risks and hazards when boating and swimming at our water storages. These are:

  1. Be throttle smart - stick to a safe speed
  2. Be jacket smart - wear your lifejacket
  3. Be mate smart – always take a mate
  4. Be conditions smart – check the weather and water levels
  5. Be alcohol smart – don’t drink on the water 
  6. Be hazards smart - be aware of submerged rocks, sandbars, trees, shallow water and debris
  7. Be dive smart - never jump from dam walls or ledges

GMW is also reminding people to adhere to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, which includes gatherings outdoors in no more than 10 people, wearing masks at all times and maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 metres.

For more information on GMW’s Water Smarts campaign, or information guides to GMW’s recreational water storages and facilities, visit

For more information on boating safety in Victoria go to