Ed­u­cate and zone

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

A com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tion and com­pli­ance op­er­a­tional pro­gram sug­gested by RMS along with an adop­tion of boat­ing zones sug­gested by the com­mu­nity for var­i­ous types of a boat­ing is a log­i­cal way for­ward,

Since the Draft River Mur­ray (Corowa to Ovens River) Ero­sion Man­age­ment Plan was first re­leased the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Com­mis­sion (MDBA) and RMS were on the back foot.

The plan was seem­ingly rushed through aim­ing to quickly ban wake en­hanc­ing boat­ing be­tween Corowa and Bun­da­long from Easter 2018 for three years with a sug­ges­tion of up to five years.

A lack of sci­en­tific ev­i­dence in re­gards to boat­ing caus­ing ero­sion on this stretch of the river and no re­search around the so­cio eco­nomic ef­fects of the trial ban were ma­jor is­sues that res­i­dents flagged.

Af­ter lis­ten­ing to many of the opin­ions and com­ments from the first pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at Bun­da­long in Jan­uary, RMS would have soon re­alised that any wake en­hanc­ing re­stric­tions should have been en­forced from a safety per­spec­tive in the first in­stance. Fol­low­ing this any ben­e­fits to river bank ero­sion would prob­a­bly have nat­u­rally fol­lowed there­after.

Let’s hope a com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tion and com­pli­ance op­er­a­tional pro­gram now sug­gested by RMS is car­ried out with con­sid­er­a­tion to sug­gested boat­ing zones by the com­mu­nity.

A fo­cus on safe and re­spon­si­ble use of ves­sels in var­i­ous zones is a bet­ter way for­ward with less im­pact to the so­cio-eco­nomic well-be­ing of the area along with likely ben­e­fits to the en­vi­ron­ment as well.

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