NSW Alpine Waters Mooring Scheme

Roads and Maritime Services, in collaboration with Snowy Hydro Ltd, have finalised mooring licensing arrangements for Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene in line with NSW legislation and state-wide best practice. This has been sought by Roads and Maritime in order to improve boating access and allow vessel owners the option of keeping vessels on Alpine Waters.

Roads and Maritime now invites any interested party to apply for a mooring licence by submitting a completed copy of the relevant private or commercial mooring licence application form.

  1. Due to the unique environmental characteristics of Alpine lakes and their significance as drinking water and hydro-electric power generation sources, special conditions will apply to all moorings on Alpine Waters. These conditions have been negotiated with Snowy Hydro Ltd and will be applied by Roads and Maritime Services under the Ports and Maritime Administration Regulation 2012 (Clause 67ZC)
  2. Vessels moored on Alpine Waters will not be permitted to have an engine with a power rating of more than 4.0 kilowatts (5.5 horse power) permanently installed or left on board when the vessel is not operated for more than 24 hours.
  3. Vessels moored on Alpine Waters will not be permitted to have fossil fuels stored on board when the vessel is not operated for more than 24 hours, with the exception of a sealed portable plastic fuel tank not exceeding 20 litres in capacity.
  4. Vessels moored on Alpine Waters will not be permitted to have batteries (other than sealed batteries) stored on board when the vessel is not operated for more than 24 hours. Batteries of other types (such as lead-acid batteries) must be removed from the vessel after use.
  5. Vessels moored on Alpine Waters will not be permitted to have a marine toilet installed with plumbing that connects the toilet to a hull opening, and will not be permitted to store waste water on board when the vessel is not operated for more than 24 hours. Portable toilets may be used, but must be removed from the vessel after use.
  6. Any mooring apparatus used in conjunction with a mooring licence on Alpine Waters must be constructed appropriately in line with state-wide best practice. In general this means the use of concrete blocks with galvanised steel connection points, galvanised swivel, galvanised chain with minimum 12mm chain diameter, nylon rope with minimum 12mm diameter, and a numbered and relevant coloured buoy. Other apparatus types may be considered by Roads and Maritime on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Snowy Hydro Ltd.

These are in addition to standard conditions applicable to all vessels subject to a mooring licence in NSW, which include:

  • Fees apply to mooring licences on NSW waters. View or download the fee schedule and full list of conditions applicable to mooring licences in NSW
  • Vessels subject to mooring licences must be lawfully registered in NSW
  • Vessels subject to mooring licences must have a measured length overall of at least 5.2 metres. Vessels kept on moorings must be maintained in seaworthy and visually suitable condition
  • Mooring licenses entitle the licensee to occupy waters, however the installation and maintenance of the mooring apparatus is the responsibility of the licensee
  • The mooring apparatus remains the property and responsibility of the licensee, and must be removed by the licensee on termination of the licence
  • Liability for salvage/removal of any vessel that sinks or falls into disrepair remains with the licensee.

Roads and Maritime has allocated 12 sites each at The Haven on Lake Jindabyne and Eucumbene Cove on Lake Eucumbene (24 sites in total), with a maximum vessel length of 8 metres. Sites will be allocated on a priority basis in accordance with the date each application is received. If all 12 sites are allocated, additional applicants will be placed on a priority list and will be offered the next available site.

Recreational clubs may apply for a Commercial Mooring Licence (‘Club Mooring’ class) for the use of club members and may request modification of the above licence conditions. However, any such applications will be considered by Roads and Maritime in consultation with Snowy Hydro Ltd.

The owners of any vessel currently moored on Alpine Waters who do not obtain a mooring licence under these new arrangements will be given 90 days to remove their vessel and mooring apparatus from the waterway. If such a vessel and mooring apparatus is not removed within the allocated time period, Roads and Maritime will commence compliance action to have the vessel removed, and seek reimbursement of any costs associated with this process.

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