River rule changes rile Barwon ski club.

June 27, 2023 8:38 am in by


The near 70-year existence of the Geelong Waterski Club (GWSC) is under threat due to river access changes according to a state MP.

Western Victorian MP Bev McArthur says the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) has rezoned the river, and it’s having big impacts on the St Alban’s club she says has successfully co-existed with others for decades.

“Now for no reason anyone understands, rezoning changes and a ban on the use of the river in the morning threaten the viability of the club,” Ms McArthur told parliament.

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“The club’s facilities can host national championships, one of only four sites nation wide which can.”

Ms McArthur said the “ban on use of the river” in the morning threaten the future of training and viability of the club, which produces athletes who represent Australia at world championships.

She’s urged the state’s Water Minister Harriet Shing to intervene and ask the authority to revisit the issue, with reference to the operations of the GWSC.

Image: The Geelong Waterski Club’s (GWSC) St. Alban’s home on the Barwon River (Facebook)