NSW Alpine Waters Mooring Scheme

Transport for NSW, in collaboration with Snowy Hydro Ltd have established mooring licencing arrangements for Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene in line with NSW legislation and state wide best practice.

Applying for a mooring licence on Alpine waters

Private mooring licences are no longer available on Alpine waterways, with existing licences being phased out through natural attrition.

Commercial mooring licences are available under certain circumstance. To apply for a commercial mooring licence under the NSW Alpine Waters Mooring Scheme, please submit a completed commercial mooring licence application form.

Special conditions for Alpine waters moorings

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 Transport under the Ports and Maritime Administration Regulation 2012 (Clause 67ZA).

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Transport on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Snowy Hydro Ltd.

These Alpine waters specific mooring licence conditions are in addition to standard conditions applicable to all vessels subject to a Transport mooring licence in NSW.

Transport have allocated 15 sites at The Haven on Lake Jindabyne and 12 sites at Eucumbene Cove on Lake Eucumbene 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 applications will be placed on a priority list and offered the next available site.

Clubs and businesses which meet established criteria may apply for a Commercial Mooring Licence and may request modification of the above licence conditions. However, any such applications will be considered by Transport in consultation with Snowy Hydro Ltd.

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