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Introduction Graeme Davis, Chief Ranger, Port Phillip and Western Port Jo Richards, Manager Moorings and Berths Hampton Swing Moorings.

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1 Introduction Graeme Davis, Chief Ranger, Port Phillip and Western Port Jo Richards, Manager Moorings and Berths Hampton Swing Moorings

2 Parks Victoria – Local Port Manager Parks Victoria is the Local Port Manager for: Port Phillip Western Port Patterson River Port Campbell

3 Parks Victoria – Local Port Manager Parks Victoria’s role includes: Facilitating more than 73.5 million bays and river visits. Overseeing commercial activities such as berthing and moorings. Managing more than $300m worth of maritime infrastructure including piers, jetties and navigation aids.

4 Parks Victoria – Port & Waterways Manager Parks Victoria’s role includes: Coordinating hundreds of marine based events per year. Assisting other government agencies with emergency response on the bays. Protecting natural and cultural values while meeting visitor needs.

5 Moorings and Berths Berths 127 at 9 locations Moorings 2000 managed by PV 1000 managed by 11 agents

6 Hampton Swing Moorings Current Situation 52 Authorised Moorings at Hampton, held by 46 individuals – some with multiple moorings. In the last 18 months Parks Victoria has received10 documented reports of concerns about inadequate swing room. In a meeting with HSMA in 2011 overcrowding was identified as a key issue.

7 Hampton Swing Moorings Current Situation The mooring ground is “tight” with swing rooms having been reduced due to a range of issues, including a tendency for larger boats, moorings being shifted and sand encroachment.

8 Parks Victoria’s Plan To reduce the number of moorings by 8 – 10 so as to free up some space to allow for the reconfiguration of the mooring ground. Timing will depend on two things: 1.Time it takes to achieve reduction in moorings. 2.Opportunities for funding.

9 Hampton Swing Moorings Achieving Reduction Compliance Temporary halt of transfers. If a mooring holder no longer wants their mooring it should be relinquished. If you do not have a boat registered to the mooring, it will be cancelled. (similar strategy has reduced RMYS moorings from 140 to 60 over the last few years)

10 Hampton Swing Moorings Compliance requirements for the Mooring Authority. Payment of annual mooring fee Annual Mooring Tackle Inspection Report No Illegal vessel on mooring General compliance to Port Management Act 1995.

11 Hampton Swing Moorings IssueAction Step 1Fail to comply with the terms and conditions of the Authority Send advisory letter giving 14 days to rectify Step 2If the breach of the terms and conditions continues then there are grounds to cancel the authority The mooring holder is given written notice that states: (i) grounds for the cancellation; (ii) the reasons for that opinion; and (iii the holder of the authority may make written submission in response to the notice within 14 days of the notice Cancellation letter sent. Direction to remove tackle and vessel. The vessel continues to occupy the mooring without an authority. Step 1Vessel continues to be moored with no authority Parks Victoria tags vessel and directs owner to move vessel and tackle Step 2Vessel continues to moor without an authority Parks Victoria acts in accordance with legislation to seize the vessel and mooring

12 Hampton Swing Moorings Summary 1.100% compliant - no problem. 2.Compliant moorings sites will be relocated to provide a similar environment, where possible. 3.Non-compliant holders will be cancelled and vessel/mooring removed 4.PV has overall control and authority

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