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Watch your boat wash on the River Murray

14 December 2016

River goers are advised to keep their boat wash to a minimum on the River Murray and associated waterways due to a high water level putting properties at risk.

The Murray River currently has higher than normal river levels after a very wet winter and spring, causing riverbanks and structures to be more vulnerable to the wash from boats and motorised vessels including jet-skis.

Paul Gelston, Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) said in areas where jetties and shacks are inundated, or close to the water’s edge, please keep your wash to a minimum and move away to another area to ski or wakeboard.

“The waves from a passing boat can be very destructive and we need to think about the impact on others when driving boats or other motorised vehicles such as jet-skis,” Mr Gelston said.

Dangerous activity or river hazards can be reported to the Murray Watch phone line on 8531 0710.

Boaters are strongly encouraged to refresh their knowledge before going out on the water by reading the SA Recreational Boating Handbook, or practising the boat licence test online at www.ondeck.sa.gov.au.

Boaters can keep up to date with any changes to regulations around waterways by visiting www.sa.gov.au/topics/boating-and-marine.