Proposed wakeboard ban on Murray an issue

A proposed ban on wakeboarding on the Murray River between Bundalong and Corowa could lead to detrimental economic losses for the region.

Concerns has been raised by the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV), along with a number of stakeholders about the Draft Murray River Erosion Management Plan released by NSW Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) in December, recommending a 3-5 year ban on wake enhancing boats and activities.

With research showing clearly that boating makes up only 2% of the erosion issues in the affected area, industry and stakeholders are concerned that this ban could lead to damaging consequences including:

•The end of boating on the Murray River, not just wakeboarding;
•More than 650 jobs lost in the region; and
•Major impacts to local businesses and tourism in the region.

Have Your Say

Make your voice heard about the wakeboard ban issue by February 28, 2018:

•By email to:
•By mail to: Murray River Erosion Project, Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 5100, Camperdown NSW 1450.

You can also attend a public information session at the following times and locations:

•Yarrawonga:  6-8pm on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 at the Yarrawonga Community Hall, Orr Street, Yarrawonga.
•Corowa:  6-8pm on Thursday, 15 February 2018 at Memorial Hall, Sanger Street, Corowa.

For more information, call 1800 316 622 or visit

Pictured: Typical of the type of boats affected if the ban goes ahead, the popular Chaparral which feature surf models from 22 – 27 feet, incorporating Malibu’s proven wave maker; ‘Surf Gate’