Navigation Restriction - Blowering Dam, Tumut

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Blowering Dam, Tumut
8:00am to 6:00pm – Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018


Vessel operators are advised that a Special Event pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998 is to be held on Blowering Dam, near Tumut, between 8:00am and 6:00pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018.


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Roads and Maritime have issued a Direction Notice pursuant to clause 22 of the Marine Safety Regulation 2016 to David Warby to conduct trials on the waters of Blowering Dam, near Tumut, involving the use of a high speed vessel powered by a jet engine which will be active on the waterway at varying times on the days specified above.

An EXCLUSION ZONE is therefore specified during the trials and will be declared by Authorised Officers on-site at varying times on each day. The Exclusion Zone will comprise the entirety of Blowering Dam. This will in effect close the Dam between the above times and when the vessel is being operated.

Due to high speeds involved in the event, Roads and Maritime urges all spectators to exercise extreme caution when near the area, and to be aware of the approaching vessel and likely exit routes in case of an emergency. 

Unauthorised vessels and persons are strictly prohibited from entering the Exclusion Zone (the Dam) after Authorised Officers make an announcement requiring the Zone to be enforced. At such times, all persons other than those involved in the trials must leave the waterway which will be patrolled by Roads and Maritime vessels.

All persons must follow directions issued by Authorised Officers.


Roads and Maritime advises:

  1. Persons within the vicinity of the Zone must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or NSW Police Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  2. No unauthorised vessels are permitted to enter the Zone under any circumstances, and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s12(5) - Maximum Penalty $1,100.00).


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For further information concerning this Navigation Advice, please contact the Roads and Maritime Services Info line seven days a week from 8.30am to 4.30pm on 131 236.



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