Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is reminding people visiting our region’s lakes, dams and reservoirs over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend to stay safe on the water.
With regional Victorians expected to make the most of changes to the COVIDSafe settings, GMW Water Storage Services general manager Martina Cusack advised visitors to plan ahead and know what recreational facilities were offered and what rules were in place at each storage.
“There is plenty of water in our storages for visitors to enjoy, and we are asking people to be prepared and environmentally aware,” she said.
GMW would like to remind visitors that camping on the lake bed below the high water mark, regardless of the water level, and campfires in GMW recreation areas, foreshore and lakebed areas are also prohibited.
“Keep up-to-date with the latest COVIDSafe advice issued by the Victorian Government and plan your visit accordingly,” Ms Cusack said.
“Adhere to the current COVIDSafe settings, which includes outdoors gatherings of no more than 10 people. If a recreational area is too crowded, consider moving to another space.
“Please be respectful and patient with others and make smart choices on and around the water as we want you to return home safe.
“Follow the rules for safe boating, including lifejackets, following speed restrictions and keep a lookout for submerged trees and other hazards.”
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