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Lakes Entrance Central Boat Harbour Upgrade

Date: 2017-05-24

Gippsland Ports’ has completed an upgrade of the Central Boat Harbour in Lakes Entrance. The East Gippsland Operations works crew replaced the existing timber deck and other deteriorated parts of the jetty as part of Gippsland Ports’ commitment to provide well maintained facilities in the Port of Gippsland Lakes. The Central Boat Harbour provides permitted berths for commercial fishing vessels and recreational vessels as part of the overall boat harbour precinct. Gippsland Ports’ experienced crews perform works from jetty maintenance through to constructing major wharves and other marine infrastructure.

Forthcoming Vacancies

Date: 2017-04-18

The Minister for Ports is seeking Expressions of Interest for appointment to the Board of Gippsland Ports Committee of Management Inc for a two year term commencing 1 August 2017.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Gippsland residents who are able to demonstrate the required skills and experience.

For more information on Gippsland Ports see

For further information on the expression of interest process or the board vacancies please contact Marcus Higgins, Acting Manager Local Ports on (03) 8392 6466 or at

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday, 11 May 2017.

Loch Sport - illegal swing moorings to be removed

Date: 2017-01-03

Gippsland Ports is concerned about the growing number of unauthorised swing moorings which have been installed in various locations around the Gippsland Lakes, particularly with the ongoing proliferation of moorings along the Loch Sport foreshore. 

Gippsland Ports advises that under Regulation 29(1) of the Port Management (Local Ports) Regulations 2015 it is an offence to install or use an unauthorised mooring.  The offence carries a fine of 10 Penalty Units (approximately $1550).

Vessel operators requiring information on swing moorings and existing designated swing mooring areas on the Gippsland Lakes or who wish to make application for a swing mooring permit are encouraged to contact Gippsland Ports or to apply online by completing a Berthing and Mooring application form available at

Snowy River Marlo - 10 December 2016

Date: 2016-11-10

An Exclusion Zone will be established within waters of the Snowy River at Marlo on Saturday 10 December between the hours of 8.00 am and 6.00 pm for the conduct of the 2016 Victorian Outboard Club Marlo Cup Race.

New 'Tommy Norton' for Lakes Entrance

Date: 2016-08-26

The earliest history of shipping on the Gippsland Lakes will be commemorated in the name of Gippsland Ports’ new dredge, currently under construction and planned for delivery in 2017.

The new arrival to Lakes Entrance will be named the ‘Tommy Norton’, after a paddle steamer that pioneered the shipping industry in the Gippsland Lakes region over 150 years ago.

But other than serving the important role of maintaining navigable passage for vessels and goods in the Lakes, that’s where the similarity ends!

The paddle steamer ‘Thomas Norton’ was brought to the Gippsland Lakes by the newly formed Gippsland Lakes Navigation Company in 1864.  The vessel worked as a tug at the bar of the natural entrance to the Gippsland Lakes, towing schooners and steamers through the tricky and forever varying entrance.

When the natural entrance was sealed or too shallow to navigate, the vessel, affectionately known as ‘Tommy Norton’ would take passengers and cargo on the twice-weekly Sale to Bairnsdale run.

Gippsland Ports’ new Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge, the ‘Tommy Norton’, will apply the latest maritime and sand management technology to achieve the same result; safe navigation and movement of vessels and goods through the entrance.

Just released 2016 Harbour Master’s Directions and Port Information Handbook

Date: 2016-08-26

Just released

2016 Harbour Master’s Directions and Port Information Handbook for Port of Corner Inlet and Port Albert

Click here to see the documents

Port Albert Boat Harbour Wharf - Amended Set Aside Zoning

Date: 2016-08-10

Gippsland Ports Committee of Management Inc, as the Local Port Manager for Corner Inlet and Port Albert make the following notice under Division 3 Regulation 16 (2) (a) of the Port Management (Local Ports) Regulations 2015 (The Regulations).

The Set Aside regime for the Fisherman’s Wharf, Port Albert, has been amended. The following zones now apply:

- A Permit Only zone along the outer south eastern finger of the wharf.

- A Loading and Unloading zone, across the outer loading face, commencing at the north western end of the Permit Only zone and extending to the north west.

- An Unrestricted Zone (with a maximum stay of 48 hours as per the Regulations) applies to the remainder of the wharf.


Unauthorised Swing Moorings

Date: 2016-07-10

Gippsland Ports has commenced a review for the removal of unauthorised swng moorings around Loch Sport and in south Gippsland. 

Top Marks Environmental Audit

Date: 2016-09-14

An independent audit of the 2015 Gippsland Lakes Ocean Access program and its compliance with an approved Environmental Management Plan, has delivered an excellent outcome for Gippsland Ports.

Public Notice - McMillan Strait Transient Pontoon Jetty

Date: 2016-06-21

Gippsland Ports advises that the removal of the two existing transient pontoon jetties and the installation of a new pontoon are scheduled to commence on 22nd June. During this work a section of the boardwalk will be closed to public access for approximately 6 weeks.

The works have been planned to minimise disruption to the Paynesville foreshore however Gippsland Ports apologises for any inconvenience which may be caused.

Principal contractor for the project is Jarvis Norwood Constructions Pty Ltd.

For further information please contact Gary Lugton, Gippsland Ports Project Manager, on 03 5150 0500.

New 'No Boating' Buoys - Change to Yellow

Date: 2016-05-30

Gippsland Ports has successfully secured funding through the Victorian State Government Boating Safety Facilities Program, to undertake a No Boating Buoy changeover.

Local boaters and swimmers may be familiar with the existing red buoys used to mark No Boating Zones.  These are primarily used to allow for safe swimming areas and may also be used for other waterway management purposes.  These existing red buoys are not compliant with the standard adopted by Marine Safety Victoria for aids to navigation in Victorian enclosed and coastal waters.  These existing buoys are being replaced with new yellow buoys which comply with the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) buoyage system.

The new buoys are recognisable as a yellow special mark with clearly visible NO BOATING text and a distinctive yellow cross, top mark which differentiate them from Speed Restriction zone buoys.  Although the two types of buoys are the same colour, Speed Restriction buoys do not have a top mark and are marked with a clearly visible speed limit displayed in knots (most commonly 5 knots). 

The new No Boating buoys are being deployed to replace the older buoys by Gippsland Ports’ staff at designated areas in Paynesville, Newlands Arm, Lakes Entrance, Loch Sport, Marlo and Inverloch. 

Public Notice - Metung Lake King Jetty Redevelopment

Date: 2016-05-11

Metung Lake King Jetty Revelopment

Gippsland Ports advises redevelopment works at the Lake King jetty will commence on 23 May 2016 for  approximatley 10 - 12 weeks. The works include the demolition, rebuild and extension of the jetty. The jetty will closed to public access durng this time.

The works have been planned to minimise disruptions to the foreshore and Gippsland Ports apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused. For further information phone Gippsland Ports on 5150 0500. 

Fees and Charges Reviews

Date: 2016-05-05

Fees and Charges Review 2016

Gippsland Ports has undertaken a comprehensive review of its fees and charges to achieve a fairer system that provides a better balance in income for provision of facilities and services.

The existing fee structure does not adequately cover the cost of facilities and services and does not relate directly to the actual costs of providing the services.

The new structure has been developed in line with the Department of Treasury and Finance cost recovery guidelines and aims to achieve a fair, transparent and consistent system for cost-recovery through fees and charges.

The new fee structure is proposed to take effect from 1 July 2016.

Further Information

Please see the links below for further detailed information, including how to provide feedback on the new fees and charges.

A media release describes the review with comments from Gippsland Ports’ CEO, Nick Murray.

An overview provides background information on why and how the review was undertaken, including a brief summary of all the changes.

Frequently Asked Questions provides answers to some of the questions you may have.

Berth and mooring fees and charges are detailed here.

Boatyard and Slipway fees and charges are detailed here.

All other fees and charges, including commercial shipping, wharfage, hydrographic surveys, events and permits are detailed here.

The full report on the Fees and Charges Review 2015 is available here.

The report on Boatyard Fees and Charges review 2016 is available here.

Your feedback

We are holding information/feedback sessions where you can find out more and tell us what you think.

• Paynesville - Tuesday 26th April, 7.00pm, Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club

• Port Albert – Wednesday 27th April, 7.00pm, Port Albert Hall

• Lakes Entrance – Wednesday 4th May, 7.00pm, Bellevue on the Lakes

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to:  or telephone 5150 0500.

You can also provide feedback via a short survey

Or by e-mailing:


Mallacoot Boat Ramp Jetty Pontoon - closed for repairs

Date: 2016-04-14

The Mallacoota Boat Ramp Jetty pontoon is closed from today for urgent repairs. Repairs are expected to be complete by mid next week and the pontoon will then be re-opened for use. This pontoon is adjacent to the EGS boat ramp near the main wharf and is used by boaters launching and retrieving boats at the ramp.


Public Notice - Works at Nicholoson Jetty

Date: 2016-03-23

Gippsland Ports advises that a rebuild of the existing Johnsonville Boat Ramp (fixed) Jetty and extension of the existing Landing will commence immediately after Easter.

During this time sections of the foreshore, jetty and waterway will be closed to public access however the boat ramp will remain operational. The works will extend over 3 months and have been planned to minimise disruption.Gippsland Ports apologises for any inconvenience caused by these works.

Charter boats loading zones Paynesville

Date: 2016-03-22

After consulting with Paynesville charter boat operators, Gippsland Ports has determined that the current commercial vessel zone situated at the southern end of Paynesville Fisherman’s Wharf will be relocated to the northern end and extended by ten metres. This area will be clearly marked with red capping and berthing in this area will be by Permit only. The former commercial vessel zone will become a loading/unloading zone for the public and clearly marked with yellow capping. This arrangement will be trialled for three months and be subject to a review at the end of this period. The new zones will be in place prior to the Easter long weekend.

Community on board in Ports plans

Date: 2016-03-31

Gippsland Ports has welcomed the input of waterway users and the community in developing two important pieces of work to help manage safety on the water, reduce the environmental impact of waterway activity and sustain growth in boating activity.

1.  The Gippsland Ports Safety and Environmental Management Plan 2016-2018 identifies actions to improve safety and environmental performance across all aspects of port activities in Gippsland.

2.  The draft Gippsland Lakes Sustainable Boating Plan sets out actions to support sustainable growth in boating activity while protecting environmental values.

Community forums and surveys conducted last year played an important part in shaping the plans, providing valuable input from recreational boaters and other port and waterway users on safety concerns, potential improvements to boating facilities and suggestions.

The plans are available on the Reports page of the website.

Permit Berths Now Available

Date: 2016-03-31

Gippsland Ports currently has available several permit berths at Paynesville, Nicholson Port Albert and Mallacoota.

For further information, see notice or contact Gippsland Ports Bairnsdale Head Office on 5150 0500.

Waste Managment - Your Responsibilities

Date: 2015-09-08

This item is to inform and remind wharf and jetty users of their waste management responsibilities when using Gippsland Ports wharves and jetties.

 Gippsland Ports provides a waste collection service on many wharves and jetties as do adjacent land managers to protect the environment.

 Your responsibilities as a user of the wharves and jetties include:

*        to prevent waste from your activities entering the environment – particularly the waterway;

*        to collect and dispose of the waste you generate into appropriate waste collection facilities where provided; and

*        if specific waste collection facilities are not provided or are not suitable to cater for your type of waste or the volume of waste generated; then you are responsible for arranging the collection and disposal of waste or taking your waste for disposal to appropriate off site waste management facilities.

Vessel Refuelling Information

Date: 2014-12-04

This information has been prepared by Gippsland Ports as an advisory service for fuelling boats within the Ports of Anderson Inlet, Port Albert and Corner Inlet, Gippsland Lakes, Snowy River, Mallacoota and on the waterways of Lake Tyers and Shallow Inlet.

Refuelling at any marina, public jetty, wharf within these waterways is prohibited except when refuelling from approved fuel bowser outlets, currently at Lakes Entrance (petrol/diesel), Metung (diesel, petrol), Paynesville (diesel, petrol), and Port Welshpool (diesel), or unless specifically authorised through a Gippsland Ports permit issued under the Port Services Regulations 2004.

Gippsland Ports understands there are current limitations to available outlets and encourages refuelling ashore as the preferred option for trailer boats at a service station where risks are more manageable and any spills are easier to contain.

Refuelling over water should only be conducted when refuelling on shore or at an authorised on water fuelling facility is not possible.

For full details, refer to the attached pdf file.


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