Emergency or urgent waterway rules

This page contains a list of current emergency waterway closures, emergency operating rules and urgent safety rules on Victorian waterways:

If you are a waterway manager and wish to apply to change a waterway rule, please follow the instructions on the waterway managers' portal.

Lake Hamilton

Until further notice

A 5 knot speed restriction applies to all the waters of Lake Hamilton.

This urgent safety rule is published in the Victoria Government Gazette No. S 294 Friday 23 September 2016

Old Goulburn River Bridge, Seymour

Until further notice

The Old Goulburn River Bridge, Old Hume Highway, off Emily Street in Seymour, is currently unstable and partial collapses have occurred.

Until further notice, vessels and persons are prohibited from entering the waters of the Goulburn River in an area extending 50 metres upstream and downstream from the Old Goulburn River Bridge. No vessels or persons are to transit in this area due to safety concerns beneath the bridge.

If people wish to transit the area, they are advised to retrieve their vessel and travel by land to either the Seymour Goulburn River Park boat ramp or the Seymour Lions Park boat ramp.

This urgent safety rule is published in the Victoria Government Gazette No. S 425 Friday 28 November 2014

Weather and flood warnings

The most common reason for emergency waterway closures or restrictions is a flood event. Waterway managers have the power to close waterways in such events to ensure the safety of waterway users.

Contact the relevant waterway manager for more information or contact the Bureau of Meteorology or Victorian State Emergency Service for the latest Victorian weather and flood warnings.

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