Lake Burrumbeet is a large Located 20 kilometres west of Ballarat within the City of Ballarat Municipality.
The area is rich in cultural heritage and is popular for a range of recreational activities including walking, picnicking, camping, boating and fishing. It is home to a number of River Red Gums and is a potential breeding site for Brolga and other wetland species such as the Freckled Duck.
The lake is a large open water body with a surface area of approximately 24 square kilometres. Burrumbeet Creek is the main input to the lake with some other catchment areas to the north and south.
Burrumbeet is one of the most productive redfin perch waterways in Victoria, with fish up to 2.5 kg and is very popular with anglers.
There is a free campsite at the lake that is well utilised by visitors and locals to the region.
PUBLIC NOTICE: DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION
The City of Ballarat as the declared waterway manager for Lake Burrumbeet, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).
For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Ski Racing Victoria, persons and vessels involved in the Ski Racing Victoria Point Score Series Race 1 are exempt from the following requirements:
State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988
1. Clause 2(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water
2. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel
Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010 / Marine Act 1988
3. Clause 43.3(m) & (p) of Schedule 43 – 5 knot speed restriction areas in southwest of lake extending 100 metres from shore
Marine Safety Regulations 2023
4. Regulation 61(1) – Master requirement to carry listed safety equipment on vessel on inland waters (bucket with lanyard)
Item 5 A lifejacket of a type described in Part 4 & 7 of “Schedule 1 - Types of Lifejackets”, of the Marine Safety Regulations 2023 (MSRs) is modified to include a lifejacket is deemed a Level 50S lifejacket or a Type 3 lifejacket if it complies with the current Ski Racing Australia (SRA) rules - Rule 10.6 and Rule 10.14.
Subject to the conditions detailed below:
- Masters of rescue vessels are only exempt from items 1 to 3 when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety.
- Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from items 1,2 and 4, and item 3 provided they do not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of the water’s edge, for the duration of the event.
- Occupants of competing vessels must wear a lifejacket at all times that complies with the MSRs in item 5 Modification or Rule 10.6 of the current SRA Rules.
- Competing water-skiers must wear a lifejacket at all times that complies with the MSRs in item 5 Modification or Rule 10.14 of the current SRA Rules that adequately achieves the purpose of a Level 50S lifejacket.
- Occupants of rescue and official vessels associated with the event must wear a lifejacket at all times, and vessels must have all of the prescribed safety equipment.
- The exemptions apply from 6:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2023 within the exclusion zone waters - Lake Burrumbeet - Southern end as marked by exclusion zone buoys.
- The exemptions apply provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.
City of Ballarat as the declared waterway manager for Lake Burrumbeet hereby gives notice under section 208(2) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) that all persons and vessels not registered to take part in the Ski Racing Victoria Point Score Series Race 1 are prohibited from entering and remaining in the following waters.
Waters of Lake Burrumbeet – Southern end as marked by exclusion zone buoys at approximate locations:
• 37°30'46.1"S 143°38'11.9"E
• 37°31'02.2"S 143°39'51.3"E
The exclusion zone will be in effect from 6:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2023.