Lake Burrumbeet consultation

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The City of Ballarat is updating the rules that apply to all waterway users of Lake Burrumbeet. This will bring usage inline with the Maritime Safety Act 2010, improve safety on the Lake and mean and fairer and more enjoyable usage for all. These changes are summarised below. The survey and map have have now closed.

Access points

The entry ramp west of the Lake Burrumbeet Ski and Boat Club will be retained with an access lane to the east of the ramp. Changes include closure of a current ramp considered unsafe and a boat size limit placed on a smaller ramp to comply with the Marine Safety Act 2010.

Speed limits

A new 40-knot limit is proposed in the southern section for tow-sports, such as water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet skis towing skiers, tubes and biscuits, and a 5-knot limit in the northern section to provide a safe area for activities such as canoeing, fishing and wind powered vessels. This mostly reflects current practice, as there are large areas of shallow waters in the northern section, as well as obstacles such as submerged rocks and trees that can be dangerous to fast vessels.

Water levels

Informal rules regarding water level variation are being introduced as official rules. When lake levels are less than 1.7m the whole lake will be subject to a 5-knot speed restriction, except where vessels are prohibited. When lake levels are less than 1.2m all vessels will be prohibited.

Prohibited areas

There are no changes to areas which are prohibited to vessels at all times. The existing prohibited areas protect users from shallow waters, submerged rocks and trees which can be dangerous to lake users.

Next steps

Contributions to this consultation are closed for evaluation and review. The project team will report back on key outcomes.



The City of Ballarat is updating the rules that apply to all waterway users of Lake Burrumbeet. This will bring usage inline with the Maritime Safety Act 2010, improve safety on the Lake and mean and fairer and more enjoyable usage for all. These changes are summarised below. The survey and map have have now closed.

Access points

The entry ramp west of the Lake Burrumbeet Ski and Boat Club will be retained with an access lane to the east of the ramp. Changes include closure of a current ramp considered unsafe and a boat size limit placed on a smaller ramp to comply with the Marine Safety Act 2010.

Speed limits

A new 40-knot limit is proposed in the southern section for tow-sports, such as water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet skis towing skiers, tubes and biscuits, and a 5-knot limit in the northern section to provide a safe area for activities such as canoeing, fishing and wind powered vessels. This mostly reflects current practice, as there are large areas of shallow waters in the northern section, as well as obstacles such as submerged rocks and trees that can be dangerous to fast vessels.

Water levels

Informal rules regarding water level variation are being introduced as official rules. When lake levels are less than 1.7m the whole lake will be subject to a 5-knot speed restriction, except where vessels are prohibited. When lake levels are less than 1.2m all vessels will be prohibited.

Prohibited areas

There are no changes to areas which are prohibited to vessels at all times. The existing prohibited areas protect users from shallow waters, submerged rocks and trees which can be dangerous to lake users.

Next steps

Contributions to this consultation are closed for evaluation and review. The project team will report back on key outcomes.



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Lake Burrumbeet

about 1 month