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Aquatic Activities

Approved events that utilise West Lakes lake require an aquatic activities permit to allow the use of motorised support vessels in the case of emergencies.

Permission is granted under Council’s By-Law No.3 Local Government Land which prohibits the use of motorised vessels in West Lakes without prior approval.

Some examples of events that would require aquatic activity approval are as follows:-

  • Canoeing
  • Dragon Boating
  • Triathlons
  • Swimming

What are the costs?

There is a non-refundable Application Fee of $35.00 which must be paid upon submission of your application.

What do you need to know?

As a requirement of the permit conditions, at a minimum motor driven safety vessels must be provided during regattas and other organised activities under this permit. The safety vessel must be capable of quickly reacting to any emergency situation. The safety vessel must be currently registered as a recreational vessel with Transport SA.  The driver of the vessel must hold a current South Australian Motorboat Drivers License or equivalent. The maximum sized motor allowed is between 50-60ph.

You will need to supply the following information with your application:

  • Certificate of Currency showing a minimum ten million dollars ($10,000,000) Public Liability Insurance.  
    Note: Tax invoices are not considered sufficient evidence of a Public Liability Insurance Policy.

Applications will be considered within five (5) business days from the date that all required information has been lodged with the Council. 


How to apply?

What happens next?

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

The assessment process will occur within five business days and will include:

  • Confirmation of your details and required documentation supporting your application
  • Investigation of your proposed activity

On approval, you will be provided with a permit confirming the approved activity and the conditions.

Who to call for help?

Community Safety 
Phone: (08) 8408 1198

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