Murray River boating ban plan discussed with Minister

Monday 27 November 2017

Murray River boat users should take the opportunity to have their say on a proposed trial ban on wakeboarding activities, Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said.

Last week Mr McCurdy met with NSW Maritime Minister Melinda Pavey to discuss a trial ban on wake boarding and wake surfing between Bundalong and Corowa on the Murray River which is set to take effect from Easter 2018.

Mr McCurdy said the meeting was productive with the Minister listening to the concerns he raised regarding the proposal. 

“The health of the river comes first but we need evidence-based information that it is in fact wakeboards that are causing the issue with erosion,” Mr McCurdy said.

“There is concern that upstream of Bundalong there are areas of the river that are particularly narrow and are therefore more susceptible to erosion. 

“There is a responsibility on boat users to do the right in regards to matters such as this.”

Mr McCurdy said more than 90 per cent of recreational Murray River users were Victorians who would be prohibited from wakeboarding from Bundalong to Corowa as part of the proposed trial ban. 

 “The opportunity is here now for consultation with boat users over the summer period and people should take that and have their say,” he said.

“The ball is in the court of the tourist population along the Murray River to share their thoughts over the summer.” 

Mr McCurdy said Murray River camping and boating tourists were facing significant pressures especially with the Victorian Daniel Andrews Labor Government ready to implement camping fees along the river.

“We saw the Premier try to ‘out green the Greens’, we must protect our space.”

 

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