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Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« on: February 24, 2016, 07:26:38 AM »
I heard on the Ipswich Radio Station this morning that a Fishing Competition will be held on Lake Wivenhoe from March 10th to March 13th and that the speed limit on the lake will be lifted to 40 knots for the event.  There will be some exclusion zones, Logan's Inlet and Hamon Cove.  The upstream boundary will be near Tallungra Cliffs and the downstream boundary will be at Brads Point.  (see attached map.)

The speed limit exclusion times are;
Thursday March 10th all day
Friday March 11th all day
Saturday March 12th 6.30am to 11.00am and 1.00pm to 5.00pm
Sunday March 13th 6.30am to 11.00am

Outside of these hours the speed limit will be, as normal, 6 knots.

It looks like a good weekend to be able to travel around the lake a bit faster than normal.

With the road into Hays Landing and Billies Bay currently closed, I'm not sure why they are using the Brad's Point limit, as there are not likely to be any yachts around the Brisbane Sailing Club area.


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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2016, 01:42:50 PM »
Nothing on seq water website about this.
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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2016, 05:25:47 PM »
Going cod fishing at Glenlyon so no speeding around there for me.

Will have to just suck it up and do the 6 knots as advised on my next visit.  :NoSpam)

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2016, 06:12:20 PM »
I don't think SEQWater want to advertise the fact Ray.

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2016, 10:41:56 AM »
Nothing on seq water website about this.
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It's not an SEQwater event. It appears they are allowing this "one off" under sufferance.

They never put aything about the Wivenhoe Kayak Convention for 6 years either..............

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2016, 08:18:57 AM »
Copy of email from SEQ water.
Good morning Ray

The fishing competition participants will have clearly defined areas where they can do up to 40 knots although normal boating rules regarding speed in close proximity to other vessels etc will still apply. The relaxation of the speed limit will not apply to non participants.

The competition will be operating out of Hamon Cove and we do expect that Seqwater compliance team will have an on water presence to monitor compliance with the conditions imposed on the event.

The event has been arranged by Somerset Regional Council rather than by the commercial fishing event operator.

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2016, 11:42:37 AM »
So you got it in writing from SEQWater that you have to pay a private company to be permitted to exceed the speed limit, wow that hardly seems constitutional Ray.  Maybe you should email them back and ask just how that would stand up in court, not that SEQWater can actually enforce the speed limit anyway.  During discussions with SEQWater we did point this out and their representative did say that it was up to the competition organisers to enforce it, and I'm pretty sure I would ignore anyone who wasn't wearing a proper uniform and carrying official ID. 

As I said in my post above, the speed limits will not be in force in the areas shown on the map above on the above dates and times.  Ray, you don't have to take advantage of it however others may.

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2016, 12:07:58 PM »
Do not see anywhere in the email from seq where anyone has paid.
 Did Somerset council pay?
The reason I wrote to seq water was to express a concern that people would not know that the event was being held and there would be persons in craft not suitable for boating in areas with other people roaring about at 40 knots.
Even if the competitors observed the distance rule they would still be producing plenty of wash,
 I really fail to see any valid reason for the temporary raising of the speed limit.
The email also states that the speed exemption only applies to competitors in the event.
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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2016, 01:29:28 PM »
Unfortunately Ray, we did not receive any consultation on this.  When SWFSA discovered the plans there was an open speed limit inside Logan's Inlet.  We contacted SEQWater and asked them to reconsider that, which they did.  According to your email, the only people exempt from the 6 knot speed limit are participants in the competition.  These participants are paying an entry fee that is not going to Somerset Regional Council, it is going to a private entity, hence my question about the legality of the whole thing.  I'm sure there will be signs at the access point advising the general public of the event, and as I've said, there have been announcements in the local media.

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2016, 11:38:40 PM »
I wonder how consitutional it is to allow a private entity issue permits to break the gazetted laws.

It's like saying only financial RACQ members being allowed to do 150km on the Bruce Highway.   ::)

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2016, 06:26:20 AM »
Notice now up on seq water website.
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Lake Wivenhoe will host a fishing competition from Thursday 10 March to Sunday 13 March.
Competition participants will be excepted from the 6 knot speed limit and will be able to travel in defined areas at up to 40 knots for the purposes of the competition only. Lake Wivenhoe will remain open for non-competition fishers at the usual 6 knot speed limit.
The 40 knot speed limit will be exclusive to the centre of the lake with three sections remaining at the 6 knot limit for all boating. These areas are around Logan Inlet, the dam wall and the northern reaches above the Esk intake tower. Seqwater will be on hand to monitor speeds in the designated areas.
Harmon Cove will be the central base for the event.
All visitors are asked to observe signage and remain vigilant at all times, especially when sharing the competition fishing area.
Queries regarding speed limits on the lake, please contact our Recreation Team by calling 1800 737 928 or emailing recreation@seqwater.com.au   
All other enquiries regarding the competition should be directed to Somerset Regional Council.

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2016, 07:09:18 AM »
The updated map is attached to this post.  The areas have not changed from the initial post.

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2016, 09:16:02 AM »
These have appeared this week.

(If you cannot read the fine print is says;  "For Boat Ramp and Picnic Facilities please use Logan Inlet.  For more information phone Somerset Regional Council (07) 5424 4000")

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2016, 11:10:55 AM »
It seems that even though absolutely ZERO dollars are going back into the fishery from this event, it is quite acceptable to force the general public and volunteer groups out of the area for 4 days.  In all the years that the Kayak and Canoe convention was run, we welcomed the general public to attend.  I ran an Electric Comp for ABT that had 107 entrants and we didn't need to exclude the general public from that area.  This event has 30 boats registered and they seem to think they own the place.  It's not surprising seeing a sign that basically says KEEP OUT with Somerset Regional Council written on it though.  Short sighted bunch.

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Re: Speed Exclusion for Lake Wivenhoe.
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2016, 01:27:02 PM »
I have to wonder if it is a coincidence that both the organisers, with their map, and SEQWater, with their public notice, have called it Harmon Cove instead of it's true name, Hamon Cove.  I am trying to ascertain if the signs have been erected by Council, or a private entity.

 

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