Events near or on the water

If you are planning to stage your event near or on a waterway, beach or swimming pool, then there are several risk factors that you need to consider.

Some rivers in the Geelong region are prone to flooding after heavy rain falls. You should have a contingency plan for an alternate venue if the site is near a river.

Your risk management plan should also note this as a risk and one of the monitoring procedures should be to go to the Bureau of Meteorolog website and look under the warnings tab for Rainfall and Rivers.

All public swimming pools must comply with the Health Regulations 2001 in regards to the standards of water quality. You could also refer to the Royal Life Saving Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations.

If the event is taking place near a dam, river or beach, the site should be assessed against the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Guidelines for Recreational Use of Water.

Environment Protection Agency (EPA)

If a water based event is proposed for any beach or bay location, in particular the Geelong Waterfront, the bacterial water quality must be monitored to ensure compliance with the EPA standards.

Water permits

Any on water activity (including fireworks and exclusion zones) on Corio Bay require a Parks Victoria Waterway/Bay event Application (Local Part Regulation) at least 10 weeks before event date. The application may incur fees and advertising requirements.

For further information visit Parks Victoria's Bays and waterways page or email ([email protected]) your event documentation.

Swim exclusion zones and Parks Victoria

If the event precinct includes a commercial or shipping exclusion zone, an application for Aquatic Events Advise must be made to the Harbour Master at Victorian Regional Channels Authority.

Events organisers must not start their event until they have cleared their start with Geelong Port Marine Control, at least one hour prior to scheduled start.

For more information or an application email ([email protected]) the Victorian Regional Channels Authority.

Sand dunes, fauna and flora

Events taking place near the sand dunes in Collendina, Ocean Grove should liaise with the City’s Environment Unit as endangered hooded plovers reside in this area.

This is a Birds Australia requirement and your nominated events officer will assist with these communications.

Environment and Natural Resources

City of Greater Geelong  
Telephone: 03 52724837
Mobile: 0408 323 597
Email: [email protected]

Page last updated: Thursday, 4 June 2020