Safety warning over Murray River changes owing to floods

BOATERS BEWARE: The Murray River includes a few obstacles this summer.

BOATERS BEWARE: The Murray River includes a few obstacles this summer.

HOLIDAY-makers on the Murray River have been urged to look out for changed conditions owing to last year’s floods.

Goulburn-Murray Water manager of dams Martina Cusack reminded recreational water users to exercise caution this summer.

“As a result of the floods in late 2016 the river bed may have changed, with altered sandbar heights and locations and bank slippage,” she said.

“Also be aware of snags and debris in the water.”

Goulburn-Murray Water operates Yarrawonga Weir on behalf of the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

The authority’s head of river management David Dreverman encouraged all river users to keep track of the conditions.

“Forecasts of river heights and flows are available on the MDBA website, along with weekly system updates,” he said.

Ms Cusack said safety information and guidelines for safe boating could be found at g-mwater.com.au/recreation-tourism.

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