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EILDON BOAT CLUB

CONTENTS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMODORE Rob McGeary VICE COMMODORE, MEMBERSHIP Lindsay Barber REAR COMMODORE, OFF WATER & WATER BASED ASSESTS David Kelleher HONORARY TREASURER Michael Gallagher PAST COMMODORE, INFRASTRUCTURE Michael Willson SECRETARY & GOVERNANCE Tim Mepstead COMMUNICATIONS Pam Cook GENERAL MANAGER Matt Parsons DESIGN Pentagon Print SALES & ADMINISTRATION Jennie Brady sales@watermarkebc.com.au CONTRIBUTORS Mike Dalmau Bob Dare David Dreverman Craig Parker Jack Clemens Anna Turnbull Julie Cuthbert Steph Dixon Lindsay & Debbie Barber PUBLISHER Eildon Boat Club 5774 2040 PO BOX 11 EILDON VIC 3713 eildonboatclub.com.au Whilst every care is taken by the publishers, editors and the Eildon Boat Club (ABN 33 004 411 956), they accept no responsibility for material submitted, the accuracy of information in the text, illustrations or advertisements contained herein. ISSN 2208-9780

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EBC REPORTS

FROM THE CLUB

REGIONAL NEWS

REGULAR

FEATURES

Commodore 6

Social Communication 16

CFA 28

Travel 42

Boat Feature - Amethyst 45

General Manager 8

Social Pages 18

GMW 32

Member Profile 48 & 71

Historic EBC 56

LEHIA 38

History 74

Slipway & Hardstand 60

Kitchen & Bar 78

A Digital EBC World 66

Treasurer 12

Local Fishing 80 The Lake at a Glance 82 5


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COMMODORE

Dear Fellow Members, Another summer season has been played and run, as EBC enters its 70th year of proud operation for its members to enjoy boating on Lake Eildon. While there was a lot of concern about the falling water level, which does provide its challenges, the reality is, at the end of the day the water remains fresh and cool and right at the end of our duckboards for us to enjoy! Our new General Manager Matt Parsons and his wife Kirsty have settled in well, getting to know our members and the idiosyncrasies that make up EBC! It has been wonderful to see them so warmly embracing EBC, and in turn embraced by the EBC members. Our staff have done a wonderful job though the peak “silly” season. As new Commodore, I tried

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to support Matt in his new role, and spent some time in the Clubhouse office, and gained a real appreciation of what we ask of our staff, and how multi-skilled they are. It’s not just coffees or beers that they provide, but all sorts of member related issues. I gained a real appreciation of the diversity of their roles. Chef Udi, capably assisted by Don and Neil, kept the meals flowing out of the kitchen, almost as fast as the waters of the Goulbourn River!!! Sam and Annie did a great job running the bar, supported by their team, including a team of members children (including one of my own!). Similarly the outdoor crew did a terrific job, to maintain our marina access as the water dropped, plus floated a new section of much needed breakwater plus we had the Werribee Duck and shop boat out on the lake. The summer saw the devastating fires in our area, smoke over the lake for days, hot days, cold days, and few violent summer storms. In these times, our staff and infrastructure are tested to the full, and we give thanks for having the best of both on the lake! On behalf of all members, I provide our thanks to our staff for their dedication and efforts, at all hours of the day and night, whether at the bar or on the Larc or on our Marinas. This year was also a little different with two members meetings held, both on the topic of the new slipway and hardstand proposal, and both were well attended, showing strong interest, and in the end support. The topic seemed to be hotly debated on most duckboards as to the many different ways to “skin the cat” around the financing and how it should be built, but at the end of the day I was elated there was overwhelming support to approve the project and much appreciation for the work the board

and subcommittee have done to bring a solid proposal to the members. At the time of writing in only a few weeks, members have donated well over half the funds we require to start – and I would like to thank them for their commitment. I am also reaching out to government to cofund this important project, and have a meeting with them shortly. Please refer to the separate article in the magazine for more information on this milestone development for EBC. Similarly, with the assistance of Deb Wardrope, Pam Cook and Matt were able to bring to the members a proposal to refurbish the club house. This started with a much needed paint and repairs, and the next stage is the chairs and carpet of the bistro. After much research and debate a hybrid approach was decided on to replace some and recover some of the existing chairs. As a discretionary project, in an effort to hold our fees low, it was decided the best approach to fund this was through (tax deductable) donations. Many thanks to all the members for their input and the members who have supported this project. A special thanks to Pam Cook, Deb Wardrope and Matt Parsons for the countless hours they have invested in improving the presentation of our club house for all our benefit. See the detailed article from Pam on the progress of the Club House refurbishment. Over the summer saw another innovation with the launching of our free app for phones, which was embraced, with around 300 registered users utilising it for bistro bookings, guest registrations, Werribee Duck or contact details of fellow members. At time of writing we have had over 11,000 page views from our App. Of course, none of the above can outshine the great events, from New Members lunch, Family Fun day, Jetski ride, (the now not so) Mystery

Lunch etc, which consistent with our Sail Past, all enjoyed the strongest attendances for years, which is great to see members enjoying all the EBC has to offer and these opportunities to meet or get to know other members. Special thanks to Dave Kelleher, Kerry Lakeland, Brad Attard and Jennie Brady and their teams for their efforts to make these events such a success. I’m sure they will continue to entertain us at Easter too!! We would also like to thank Past Commodore Cameron Dwyer for his valuable contribution to the EBC as Commodore and as a Director. After a rich history at EBC with their family, Cameron and Sue have made the decision to open a new chapter in their lives, and have sold their boat Harmony and Cameron has also resigned as a Director of EBC. We express our thanks to Cam and Sue, and wish them well. As usual, as part of the constant renewal of the EBC board, this creates the opportunity for another EBC member to join the EBC board. The EBC can only function if members step up to contribute to the board to govern our club. If you feel you have interest and can make a positive contribution to EBC’s exciting direction, please contact an existing director or the General Manager for more information. As the water drops you will see a number of changes around the harbour. It is our desire to accommodate all the marinas within and around Anderson Harbour, rather than relocating marinas across to the Island. With the March long week and Easter in front of us, there is plenty of summer left to enjoy our boats and the lake. And the water remains at the end of our duck boards…. See you on the water!

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GENERAL MANAGER My weekly newsletters have featured what one might refer to as an epic storm event section, which upon reflection dropped in on us nearly every week over the summer period and tested the safety of our harbour. Despite the ferocity of the windstorms, our marinas withstood everything that Mother Nature threw at them. Unfortunately, there was some minor damage reported, but nothing by comparison to our neighbouring marinas on Lake Eildon that experienced major damage and destruction.

I am happy to report that we had a very safe and successful summer period and it was fantastic to see everyone enjoying their holidays, soaking up that recreational lifestyle that Lake Eildon offers to all our members, families and friends. Kirsty and I have really enjoyed spending time with members during the high season and remain super impressed by the friendliness and respect shown by everyone, which makes all the difference when people come together. The camaraderie among our members says a lot about the positive culture our Club. In a world consumed by instant response and high achievement, we struggle to make time for the simple, most important things in life. EBC is the perfect getaway antidote and everyone’s happy place, where families and friends take time out to ‘be in the moment’. It’s what I notice and is something that keeps us all smiling, which is a wonderful thing!

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Narrating the storm adventures of our harbour master, operations manager and outdoor crew was one of heroic endeavour, out in the storms in their work boats, hanging off marina winches putting all their effort into protecting member’s most prized assets. They are very proud moments for anyone that has witnessed this call to action. It was great to see the fantastic job done by our outdoor staff providing on-water services to members moored out around the lake and within the harbour. Bookings for the Werribee Duck were flowing over and the Shop Boat a welcome convenience. Our remodelled Shoreline Shop was well received by members, which did come adrift in one of the many storm events. I think it is fair to say that these value-add services are much appreciated and highly valued by the membership. I would like to thank all the administration staff for their support and commitment, which has assisted me settling into the new General Manager role. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to ensure a great member experience and it is extremely

important that we continue to strive to exceed members’ expectations in the delivery of all the services we provide. We have received excellent feedback on the quality of our food since Udi’s appointment as Head Chef and his calmness in the kitchen is a welcome influence. Don and Neil are an integral part of Udi’s ‘A’ team. Our friendly Food and Beverage staff keep everyone in check and ensure the meal and bar is meeting the peaks in demand for these services. Parking around the club during peak season does challenge us all at times and makes the long walk up to parking areas on the top roads a bit of an effort. We have received a number of disappointing complaints this year about people parking in ‘no parking’ areas, which inconveniences everyone. Please be considerate of others when choosing where to park. It is very frustrating that some people continue to do the wrong thing by other members. As we focus on the 70th year at EBC in 2020, our sights are set on a very big year ahead. Working closely with the Board and respective members on a number of major projects, has allowed me to appreciate first-hand the aspirational drive of our membership and why EBC will continue to live up to its reputation as the Premier Club and mooring place of choice.

New Members Welcome to Eildon Boat Club: Brad Attard Full Member Jarrod Carland Social Member Corrina Herring Social Member

The pledges received from members towards private funded and operated, public infrastructure is no mean feat, with large capital re-investment required to deliver and maintain our high-quality marina and slipway infrastructure. Thank you to all those members that have generously donated funds to our projects that all go towards the betterment of our Club. EBC provides the highest quality infrastructure assets on Lake Eildon and is clearly the industry leader in this space. We must ensure that Government investment is obtained that provides a fair and equitable platform for EBC to sustain its investment that is commensurate to the

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risk and effort, which weighs heavily into the overall strategic performance of the Club. The complexity of property rights derived from government leases and concessions does restrict the ability to attract and retain capital, which is why Goulburn Murray Water (GMW) as the Lessor must establish a sustainable leasing/licensing framework. GMW as the government body responsible for licencing and regulating houseboats must contribute funds towards essential service infrastructure on Lake Eildon. The grant funds provided to Activating Lake Eildon are a welcome gesture, however, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The Board will continue to demonstrate the benefits of this private/public partnership arrangement which aims to future proof the Clubs assets and minimise the current risk exposure to Government and the Club. GMW and EBC are involved in a number of special interest groups that are working together on the continual improvement of recreational assets, functions and services for Lake Eildon that all go towards supporting the boating community and surrounding communities that are driving economic growth, employment, tourism and social wellbeing. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Nadine Cove and Nicky Sanders who have been responsible for our Watermark Magazine for the past eight and a half years. Watermark has provided great reading for EBC members and guests every quarter and is our story. The Magazine has been taken back in house, and I wish to thank them very much for their effort in producing such a great quality editorial over an extended period, which has set the bar high and will be our benchmark moving forward.

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I am told that the pace drops off a little in March, however I feel that the projects we are committed to will take up all the slack. I look forward too many exiting times ahead in 2020.

STRATEGIC PROGRAMS & PROJECTS n Board of Directors – Commodore Liaison n GM 90 Day Plan – Strategic & Operational Program n Delivery of 100 metres of Breakwater (March 2020) n Implement Stage 1 of new Slipway & Hardstand n Design & Development of new Trailer n Design & Development of new Fuel Barge n Clubhouse Refurbishment ongoing (Internal & External) n Grant Funding Opportunities n Special interest Groups

OPERATIONAL PROGRAMS n Monthly Performance Reporting – EBC Board Meetings n Finance, OHS, Staff, Grounds & On Water Assets n Communications – Weekly Newsletter n Event Calendar n Watermark Magazine n New Members n Friday Nights at Club Importantly, pride in service delivery from all our friendly staff remains key to ensuring a valued member experience! I look forward to seeing you up at the club.

Matt Parsons GENERAL MANAGER 11


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TREASURER Eildon Boat Club’s finances are sound, with actual profit keeping pace with budgeted profit for the half year ended 31 December 2019. The net profit for the half year was $27,493 compared with the budgeted net profit of $22,243 resulting in a favourable variance to budget of $5,250 for the half year. Gross revenue decreased for the half year but expenses decreased correspondingly.

PROFIT AND LOSS REVENUE Gross revenue decreased during the half year from $1,670,427 compared with the budgeted figure of $1,733,691. Low water, smoky conditions and other related weather conditions contributed to fewer new members joining the Club and current members attending the club house. The major unfavourable variances to budget were: 1. Fees and Rental income comprising Entrance fees, G Pen application fees, Marina rental, Member subscriptions, Campi and Hilltop house rentals.

The actual receipts for the half year were $1,352,517 compared with budgeted receipts of $1,403,200 resulting in an unfavourable budget variance of $50,683.

2. Bar sales were budgeted for $67,327 for the half year. Actual receipts were $57,366 being a decrease to budget of $9,961. Bistro sales were budgeted at $74,396. Actual receipts were $48,274 resulting in an unfavourable budget variance of $26,662.

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EXPENSES The total actual expenses for the half year were $1,642,934 compared with budgeted expenses of $1,711,448 being a favourable budgeted variance of $68,514. However, there was an unfavourable budget variance of $30,507 in staff related expenses. This fact was due to unbudgeted payments made to staff who ceased employment with the Club and paid their employee entitlements. The major favourable expense variances to budget were: 1. Decrease in Club Facilities expenses. The actual amount spent was $263,698 compared with budgeted expenditure of $327,499 resulting in a favourable variance of $63,801. The repairs and maintenance component are $47,787 of this favourable variance. A budgeted amount of $25,023 had not yet been spent in the half year on repairs and maintenance to the Slipway and Trolley. Other favourable expenditure variances are mainly due to decrease in repairs on club facilities including members boats, fuel barge, Hercules, Water boats, Larcs and kitchen. However, there have been unbudgeted expenditure of $11,326 on motor vehicles due to abnormal break downs. 2. Decrease in Administration Expenses. There was less expenditure on advertising $2,455 compared with $9,000 budgeted expenditure

LEFT TO RIGHT BACK LINE Michael Willson – Past Commodore, Infrastructure Michael Gallagher – Honorary Treasuer Cameron Dwyer – retired Ex Commodore Matt Parsons – General Manager

resulting in a favourable variance of $6,545. Depreciation cost was $205,696 compared with budgeted amount of $225,000 giving a favourable variance of $19,304 due to a lesser than budgeted write-off of obsolete assets. Insurance expense was $59,002 compared with a budgeted figure of $66,000 giving a favourable variance of $6,998. Offsetting the decrease in administration expenses was an unbudgeted increase in Administration and Board expenses of $8,560 due to the farewell function for the former manager. There were unbudgeted secretarial fees of $9,144 due to the appointment of a new Board secretary. There were other favourable expense variances including ‘Sail past’ costs of $8,571 compared with budgeted cost of $17,500.

BALANCE SHEET The Club built a new work jetty for members costing $59,634 and a Life Members’ Marina costing $62,000. Member donation(s) have funded the Life Member marina. The working capital continues to be in a negative position (current liabilities exceed current assets) due to members’ annual fees being received in advance and treated as current liability in the financial accounts. Members’ annual fees show as ‘unearned income’ or a current liability in the

LEFT TO RIGHT FRONT ROW Tim Mepstead – Secretary and Governance David Kelleher – Rear Commodore, Off Water & Water based Assets Rob McGeary - Commodore Lindsay Barber – Vice Commodore, Membership Pam Cook – Communications

Balance Sheet. The members’ subscriptions are taken up as income when earned on a monthly basis which will result in an improved working capital ratio at the end of the financial year. Prepaid rental on the new sheds will further improve the working capital position in 2019/20 as the liability is brought to account as income.

CASH FLOW Cash on hand of the club is $872,071 which is budgeted to deplete to $124,967 by the end of June 2020 in accordance with normal practice. The graph below shows the current status and history of the cash flow.

ASSET PROTECTION The main objective of the EBC Board is to protect and guard the valuable assets of the EBC members. Accordingly, most of yearly profits are directed to improving the infrastructure of the EBC Breakwater expenditure was $212,832 for the half year ended 31 December 2019. The EBC Board follows a five-year strategic infrastructure budget which is available to members on the Club on the Club’s website.

Michael Gallagher- CTA MIPA MTax HONORARY TREASURER 13


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From the Club

SOCIAL COMMUNICATION Summer events went off without a glitch this year, considering our turbulent weather. Thankfully we were able to enjoy all of our organised social events which were well attended by our members coming together and socializing with friends in the place we all love. Looking ahead this year we have a new and revised fishing comp with Travis Mepstead taking over the reins. The 4x4 trip with Brad Attard as well as a Simpson Desert trip with Andrew Clifford taking the lead. The Queen cover show on March long weekend and the Good Friday luncheon which we have had great interest in. We have our biannual Black Tie Gala to look forward to in August, and much more, so stay tuned for the information on the app, website and FB group.

NYD New Year’s Day was a welcome relief with many members at the club house after an intense couple of days with the heat and celebrations . Ryan Daykin and his offsider performed live for the afternoon, allowing people to chill and enjoy the atmosphere. Our Chef Udi and the kitchen team dished out a Tapas menu to cure the hangovers from the night before. It was fantastic to see so many faces during the late afternoon and evening enjoying the food, music and atmosphere. This is definitely a winner in our books!

Our social sub committee, is always looking for people with an interest in EBC events, new or existing, so if you’d like to get involved , or suggest something new, please call myself or the office to have a chat.

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A chance for new members and their families to meet each other and for the board to welcome them into this great Club of ours. Always an enjoyable afternoon with many new faces listening to a few close call stories from new houseboat owners. It’s refreshing to hear why they have chosen EBC as their Club with the reminder that our facilities, security and general Club vibe make for a wonderful family Club experience.

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NEW MEMBERS LUNCH

NEW MEMBERS LUNCH WAS A ‘BUZZ’ OF ACTIVITY WITH NEW MEMBERS BEING WELCOMED INTO OUR CLUB.

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MYSTERY LUNCH

ALWAYS AN AMAZING DAY OFF THE LAKE. TWO COACHES FULLY LOADED LEFT THE GATES WITH NO IDEA OF THE DESTINATION. We arrived at our mystery location ‘Northern Republic’, a restored flour mill in Euroa. A touch of Italy was served up for lunch including shared dishes, many a pizza along with local wines and beers under a beautiful tree canopy of shade. The live music played in the background and the misting fans worked overtime as the weather was once again nice and hot for us all. Now to start planning for next year, where will 2021 take us? We had lots of laughs and the vibe made for a wonderful day out.

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FAMILY FUN DAY

ALWAYS A FAVOURITE WITH THE FAMILIES (BIG AND LITTLE KIDS ALIKE!) OUR SPONSOR FOR 2020 WAS REGAL MARINE AND MALIBU BOATS. There was plenty to do with entertainment for the adults and kids. Andy’s Antics lead the kids and kept the parents cool. The kids enjoyed the rock climbing, bungee trampolines, an ice cream truck along with many fun activities, not to mention all the races. It was a great day for everyone who attended. A massive thank you to all the families that helped out on the day. This is what being part of a Club is all about and we couldn’t do it without your help.

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FAMILY FUN DAY

JET SKI RIDE

THE EBC JETSKI RIDE SET OFF FROM THE CLUB AND WENT ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE JAMIESON RIVER. It was a terrific ride as the lake narrowed down and the water turned black. The single file of 25 jet skis was a sight to be seen. Whilst heading down the shallow end of the lake there was a reminder that Seadoo’s shouldn’t go through rapids!! We all enjoyed the beautiful view out over the lake from Goughs Bay Ski Club along with lunch and drinks on a beautiful warm summer’s day.

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Regional News

CFA REPORT It has been and continues to be a great summer on the lake. We’ve seen a bit of smoke about however that has cleared. The challenge has been that we have had some high winds. There has been some vessel damage and even loss as a result. From an ocean mariner’s view, to reduce the risk in these conditions we usually head to sea to stay away from land. This cannot be done on the lake of course. The best way to reduce the risk in high winds is to be in a sheltered inlet if possible and remain secured to the shore using reliable anchor points and double up your lines as best you can. Importantly if there is an impending loss of buoyancy you can get your ships complement on shore with minimum danger. In these circumstances have your PFD’s on until you are well clear of the water.

While we watch lake water being flung around in the wind, let’s consider this water. What is water? Water is the name of the liquid state of H2O. It is a tasteless, almost colorless clear liquid. A molecule of water consists of a bonding of one atom of oxygen and two atoms of hydrogen that is H20. Interestingly if you separate water into its atoms you have hydrogen, an explosive, and oxygen essential in the burning process. We still use water to put out fires however as the water molecule is stable as it cools and reduces air access to the burn trifecta of heat, fuel and oxygen(air). Where is water found? In all states of H2O, let’s call all states water for simplicity. So water is found in the oceans, in ice at the poles and in your fridge, in the ground, on the ground in

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rivers and lakes, in the air as vapor in clouds and fog, in all living organisms such as plants and animals including us at the ratio of 60%. Water continually cycles through all the above. Importantly there is a fixed amount of water on the planet regardless of state or where it is or even if you smash the molecule apart it always eventually gets back together. No one knows exactly how much in total but at best estimate it is 1240 million trillion liters. What do we use it for? Firstly, and selfishly its being alive, no organism can exist without it. You can float your boat in and on it, swim in it, wash in it and drink it. We can selectively grow food with it. We boil to generate electricity with it. We can cool our engines with it and put fires out with it. We can use it to transfer energy in hydraulics and lots more. So! Why with all this is water such a problem for us? Well it maybe because the continuous water cycle involves going from oceans and lakes in evaporation to vapor in clouds then with rain to the land and oceans again. We only get access to the fresh water that falls on the land and stays on the surface of the ground. This is only about 0.01% of the total. Since the location of falling rain is determined by atmospheric climate and this

can be altered by the permanent heating of the

Less Great Grand Children. There’s no politics

earth’s surface. This heating can be caused by,

in that equation, just facts boys and girls.

among other things, too much carbon dioxide remaining in the atmosphere trapping in the heat given off by the earth during the day.

Footnote to scientists, in the various states of water, it does not exist completely as a gas but just a vapor. This is a gas phase (where at a

The answer is not just making more fresh water

temperature of water can also exist as a liquid)

from the ocean as a large amount of energy is

and it cannot exist in the four state of plasma.

needed, this means making even more Carbon

Vehicles running on hydrogen emit a waste

dioxide. We could make more energy from the

product after it is burnt (oxidized) and you

sun, but we have not master that either. As we

guessed it yes, it is water (fresh) back again.

travel increasingly faster to that hot place in a hand basket consider the following arithmetic: Less fresh usable water falling on the land =

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GMW REPORT Make sure you know before you go Autumn is an ideal season to get out on the water in a houseboat. With cooler weather and ideal conditions forecast, no doubt, Lake Eildon will be a hot spot among boating and fishing enthusiasts.

“This means, children are not permitted to ride motorbikes at Lake Eildon on the lakebed or the foreshore,” Ms Cusack said.

That’s why Goulburn-Murray Water is advising anyone planning to visit the Lake to be properly informed when it comes to safety and recreational bylaws.

“Boat operators should always maintain a lookout for hazards and other users at all times and manage their boating activities to suit local conditions.”

Recreational users can visit the GMW website for a comprehensive guide on what is allowed and prohibited as well as up-todate advice on bushfires or water quality.

GMW also reminds visitors to Lake Eildon:

General Manager Water Storage Services Martina Cusack said while most visitors respect the environmental value of Lake Eildon, some groups dump rubbish and undertake anti-social behavior which can adversely impact the experience for other visitors. “Lake Eildon is appreciated for diverse flora and fauna. The site attracts families and large groups who enjoy fishing and spending time on the water,” Ms Cusack said. “We urge everybody to be safe but also considerate of other visitors. This means respecting GMW bylaws, conserving the local environment and removing all rubbish.” Off road driving and trail bike riding is only permitted on formed roadways that are above the lake full supply level and open to the public. All vehicles must be roadworthy, registered and the driver must be fully

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licensed. Off road driving and bike riding is not permitted on the exposed areas of the shores or the lake bed or in the National Park.

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n Commercial activities are prohibited without consent from GMW. This means all privately licensed houseboats must not be hired for public use. n Fires and camping are only permitted in designated camping areas. For more information visit Parks Victoria website or phone 131 963 n Rubbish bins provided by GMW at marinas & clubs are for houseboat domestic rubbish only.

n In an emergency, ring 000 for help. n A copy of GMW’s recreational bylaws can be found at www.gmwater.com.au/recreation-tourism

For safety boaters should always: n Observe water levels and the potential for submerged hazards – if in doubt, slow to five knots or less;

For more information on boating safety visit: http://transportsafety.vic.gov.au/ maritime-safety www.gmwater.com.au/ recreation-tourism/houseboats www.gmwater.com.au/recreation-tourism

n Ensure the motor kill switch is attached to the driver;

For more information about recreation at GMW storages, or to obtain a storage boating guide, go to

n Take note of signage at boat ramps;

www.gmwater.com.au/recreation-tourism

n Always check the forecast for rain or adverse conditions of any kind

n Ensure the vessel is equipped with the required safety equipment and that it is in good working condition and easily accessible; n Remember alcohol and water don’t mix. Don’t drink and operate a vessel, and; n Do not overload the vessel.

n Penalties apply for illegal dumping of rubbish or dumping bulky rubbish items overboard. n Please keep the waterway healthy and choose sustainable and Eco Friendly cleaning products for all cleaning and washing. For more information visit www. homeimprovementpages.com.au n Unsafe and unlawful behaviour can be reported to GMW 1800 064 184. All information will be treated in confidence.

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LEHIA In commencing this report our thoughts go to the people, families and communities that were impacted on by the recent Bushfires this season; especially to the families of those people who lost their lives. Eleven years ago, our area was severely impacted by Bushfires and the Road To Recovery will be long with many challenges and not easy to say the least. Fortunately, Lake Eildon was not directly impacted by these Bushfires, however, many businesses suffered secondary impacts. Lake Eildon is in the Mansfield Shire and the Disaster Declaration by the State Government had significant impacts on the number of visitors during this peak holiday time. We understand the reasoning for the Declaration and do not question it; but it had impacts to our communities. I arrived in Eildon in 1975 to manage the Golden Trout Hotel and cannot remember a quieter January, during all this time.

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To assist in Recovery, it would be great, if possible please, if you do not put off coming up to Lake Eildon for the Weekend or a few days and to visit all the Towns around Lake Eildon and spend money in local businesses. Overseas travel might not be a good idea currently, so encourage your family and friends to holiday in the North-East and around Lake Eildon would be great.

at 32%; which is just under two Sydney Harbours or plenty of water to recreate on. Interestingly, we ended last Irrigation Season (May 2019) 19% behind that time last year; Currently, Lake Eildon is now only 8.2% below this time last year and Waranga Basin is 12.5% ahead. We have made up over 10% and the Long Range Forecasters tell me the cycle has turned and we can expect a very wet Winter.

The houseboat industry provides a lot of local jobs, so if you are thinking about building, renovating or extensive maintenance, don’t put if off as the multiplier effects to our local economy are significant and positive.

Some most interesting statistics from the Stage 1 Report of the Activating Lake Eildon Project.

All the doomsday reports from back in September regarding Water Levels have not eventuated. At the end of January 2020, we were still on 40% of Capacity.

Houseboat Visitors 39,516; Holiday Homes 134,570; Camping & Caravanning 371,214; Commercial Accommodation 230,373 people.

Some people scoffed at my predictions from November 2019 and I am glad to say I didn’t quite get it right. Australia Day prediction was 37% Actual was 40.26% (3.36% better off); Easter prediction was 29%; hopefully, now looking

Visitation to Lake Eildon in 2018, 869,958 people; Mansfield 494,780 people; Murrindindi 375,178 people.

The Top Three Reasons for Visits: (i) Escape To Nature; (ii) Water Based Recreation; (iii) Outdoor or Adventure Activity. Average Spend per Visitor $153.00 Average Spend for N-E Victoria $420.00

Economic Impact of Tourism & Recreation in the Lake Eildon Region 2018: Total Output $486.1 million; 2,548 Total Jobs. This Activating Lake Eildon report indicates a substantial Tourism & Recreation Industry. However, the very low spend per visitor per visit is a concern and provides the incentive for action. By bringing this Spend figure up to the spend figure for N-E Victoria will mean an Annual Billion Dollar Industry employing an increase of up to 5,000 jobs. An economic stimulus this area desperately needs. The Challenge for Activating Lake Eildon is to put the right Structure in place that will remove the barriers and roadblocks to enable Private Enterprise in, to make it happen. Just think a change in Regulation with Houseboats has led to around $50 million in Private Investment and a significant increase in Jobs.

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Walk down Andrássy Avenue with its grand neo-Renaissance buildings to the Hungarian State Opera House, opened in 1884 and beloved of free-spirited Sisi.

DEEP DIVE…. BUDAPEST It’s a time capsule of European history, with its own rich flavour. Like a novel, Budapest demands to be read. Its storyline is intricate, its characters vibrant, its setting magnificent, its moods mercurial. The city’s shape-shifting qualities are reflected in its varied names – from Pearl of the Danube to Paris of the East. Hungary’s capital expresses itself in cultural and historic abundance, eclectic Belle Époque architecture and geographical splendour. Hilly Buda and flatter Pest gaze across the Danube at one another. But melancholy is also part of Budapest’s complex story. Up the grand avenues and around cobbled corners are stories of war, uprising and torment that equally illustrate the city. Budapest was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Read the city closely and it will reward you.

HISTORY Waves of settlers including stoneaged tribes, Celts, Romans, Magyars, Mongols and Ottomans have inhabited Hungary’s

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Carpathian Basin. Ultimately, though, Budapest is a tale of three cities: Óbuda (the Old Buda), western Buda and Pest in the east. The Celts built Óbuda, which the Romans occupied during the first century BC, establishing Aquincum, named for the thermal springs. Buda was established as a Roman colony. Pest’s heyday as a political hub came with the rise of the Austro-Hungarian Empire under the Habsburg monarchy in 1867. Óbuda, Buda and Pest became Budapest in 1873, with 150,000 residents; it was the Habsburg’s second main city after Vienna. After centuries of subservience, Hungary became a democratic European republic in 1989 and an EU member in 2004.

HABSBURGS The royal house of Habsburg dominated European politics for five centuries until its dissolution after WWI and its legacy still permeates Budapest. Several city districts are named after Habsburgs, including Erzsébetváros, home of the Great Synagogue, named after Elisabeth, affectionately nicknamed Sisi, wife of Habsburg emperor Franz Joseph I.

The Habsburg emperor allowed its construction – with its façade decorated with composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi – on condition it was smaller than Vienna’s. It’s arguably more gorgeous. Sisi’s summer citadel – the baroque Gödöllo Palace – allows personal glimpses into Habsburg lives. Also favoured by the only female Habsburg ruler, Empress Marie Theresa, the 1740s palace is a fine example of Hungarian palace architecture. The beautifully restored Royal Waiting Room at nearby Nyugati railway station was used exclusively by Sisi and her emperor for Gödöllo Palace visits.

HIGHLIGHTS The must-visit Castle District on Buda’s hilly west bank offers the architecturally eclectic Buda Castle, the neo-Gothic/neo-Romanesque Fisherman’s Bastion, Holy Trinity Square with its plague victims’ statue and the 14thcentury Matthias Church, its roof tiled with iridescent Zsolnay ceramics. Take time to wander the surrounding cobbled streets. On the Pest side, Heroes’ Square crowning Andrássy Avenue offers sweeping statuary featuring the Magyars’ seven chieftains and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The magnificent pearly white neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament is best viewed after sunset from the river when it’s illuminated, as are the city’s bridges. Particularly gorgeous is the 19thcentury Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest.

Danube Bank” memorial remembers the thousands of Jews stripped of their shoes and shot by militiamen in 1944-45.

HOT BATHS Budapest’s baths are as iconic as Istanbul’s, hence its “City of Baths” sobriquet. The city sits on a fault line and 120 hot springs feed its baths, many dating to the 16th century. The best known is the neo-baroque Széchenyi where locals play chess on floating boards. Other beauties are the Art Nouveau Gellert, with its stained glass and mosaics, and the Ottoman-era Rudas Baths. Swimming costumes are required.

HUNGER Budapest’s gastronomic reputation dates from the late 19th century and it’s more than goulash, chicken paprika and lángos (deep-fried dough). But do try these national dishes at the Great Market Hall, the city’s oldest indoor market, with its Zsolnay ceramics and delicate cast-iron skeleton, on the Pest side near Liberty Bridge. While you’re there, grab some libamáj (foie gras), kifli rolls, kolbász sausage and fruit brandy. For high-end hunger, Budapest has four Michelin restaurants – only Onyx has two stars. Finally, as in Vienna, coffee-andcake culture rules. Classic coffee houses include New York Café for Rákóczi cake, Café Gerbeaud, Centrál Coffee House and Hadik.

HOTELS Centrally located hotels like the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus render Budapest highly walkable. The hotel’s gastronomic quarter offers fusion dishes from Nobu, Hungarian-Viennese food from ÉS Bisztró (great breakfasts), coffee and cake at ÉS Deli plus Blue Fox The Bar and Nobu Bar.

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Living on the river ourselves we have a passion for boating, skiing and wakeboarding but a greater passion for safety on the water, so make sure you don’t mix our two great loves boating and wine.

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At the end of a fun day on the water with your boat safely tied up, enjoy our bold reds and cool climate whites at the Eildon Boat Club.

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Before you ask, no we are not on Mt Buller!! We are however almost 100 years old and are a family boutique winery, established by Reginald Buller in 1921 in Rutherglen. Now owned by four local families we offer over 30 wines in our cellar door and online.

Amethyst I was first introduced to the lake around 1996 when invited to Ken Smithsons first houseboat with the club and immediately felt an attraction and affinity with the lake, the club and all that houseboating had to offer. We were a river water skiing family having spent from my late

surrounding and all that the club and the Lake had to offer. We carried out our first major refurbishment to Electric Blue 2 years later, with many other little upgrades along the way all expertly carried out and completed by Phil and his team at Anchorage Houseboats.

teens until 2009 regularly commuting first to Cohuna Gunbower River, then Echuca and the mighty Murray River, but always without a permanent place to call our second home.

The Lake and the houseboat for us has always been about the family first and then of course friends, both old and new. Eventually Electric Blue became too small to accommodate our family especially as the first grandchildren started to arrive, so again we visited the local boat brokers and quickly closed a deal on Eze. Debbie and I had recently visited “Eze”, a beautiful old medieval township located high

Have a great and safe summer on the water. The Buller Wines Team

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FRESH FACES SAME SERVICE! Houseboat Sales Lake Eildon is proud to start the year with a new dedicated sales team, ready to deliver an amazing result for you. We are Eildon’s most trusted place to buy & sell houseboats and with something for any budget Dianna & Liz are ready to make your dream a reality!

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We first revisited the club and its local boat agents in 2009 and fell in love with and purchased Electric Blue from Terry and Dawn Hall. We quickly settled into the new

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above Nice on the way to Monaco. It was an awe inspiring view so the name seemed very apt, not to mention Debbie loves everything French. Upon settlement we carried out a number of upgrades and refurbishment to bring the boat up to current standards and specifications. We then enjoyed the next 3 1/2 years on a superb boat with 5 bedrooms, two bathrooms and all the mod cons through Peter and his team at The Houseboat Factory, whilst continuing to indulge in our passion for water skiing, now wake boarding and even the commencement of wake surfing. We were always finding new and exciting coves to explore and hang out in while also attending many club functions and of course the obligatory Friday nights at the club which is always the best way to start off a weekend at the lake. Being a much bigger boat in overall size and height than Electric Blue a front thruster was also a very useful later addition. A couple of more grandchildren were added to the mix and again we felt the need to look for a better bedroom layout/larger and more bathrooms and by now knew what we were looking for in a houseboat for functionality and layout to take us into the next decade and

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beyond. So we set out planning and designing the build of a new G class boat. We visited many new G boats already on the water being welcomed by all the owners we approached, all proud to show their creations and openly share their ideas and experiences. All very inspiring and informative when dealing with such a large undertaking. We quickly settled again on going with Phil and his team who already had a number of G class boats under their belt and along with his designer and an interior designer aptly assisted by Debbie, the plans started to take shape. The outside look was to be my domain and the inside Debbie’s or so it was agreed to start with but ask Debbie and she will say I kept wanting input on inside items as well. Michael Wilson was already under construction on his new Meridian build with Anchorage and was instrumental in sharing 40 years plus of houseboating experience and design from many previous upgrades and builds , making the entire design process very seamless, helping us achieve what we believe is a boat of great lines and charm. No question or detail was considered stupid or too small and the willingness to share both ideas and contacts was very refreshing in todays age and something

that we have found to be very typical among our various and numerous club members. Not wanting to own a fleet, we stopped construction once the pontoons were completed and waited until Eze sold, which took around 15 months from placing on the market. We then pushed the green light with the balance of the construction taking around 12 months meaning we were off the water for around 15 months all up. Debbie also loving everything purple meant naming our new boat Amethyst was very easy and almost seems the only likely choice and may I add of course Debbie’s idea and only choice offered. Launch day was always going to be both a nervous and exciting time, bearing in mind the sheer size and weight of Amethyst, weighing in at 57 tonnes without furniture or fuel and of course bottles of red wine and the like. We nervously followed the truck, trailer and boat out of the Anchorage sheds at the bottom of Sugarloaf Road up towards the private club. There was two large steel cracking noises along the way, both before turning into the private harbour and half way into completing the turn.

The convoy suddenly came to a standstill with the trailer badly damaged. There was nothing to do but emergency prop, jack the trailer and carry out temporary weld strengthening works over the next 8 hours before placing Amethyst once again on stands at the top of the private harbour. The trailer returned to Anchorage sheds where full weld and strengthening works were carried out over the next 36 hours before an independent Engineering sign off on the works and finally Amethyst was launched late in the day on Thursday prior to Grand Final Weekend. We are absolutely delighted with how Amethyst has turned out, Anchorages team again were a dream to work with especially Andy (Project Manager), Glenn (all things Electronic and Electrical) and Aiden (all things hydraulic and Gas) along with a handful of our own finishing trades. We really enjoyed the entire experience and I would do it again but Debbie keeps telling me this one is for the next 10 years at least. I guess that will depend on how many more grandchildren we end up with. Happy Houseboating to all.

Lindsay & Debbie Barber

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NEW MEMBER PROFILE with our good friends (Phil, Jenny Smith and family). Phil, Jenny and family have two houseboats on the Lake, ‘Total Konfuzion’ and ‘Renegade’. We loved it so much that we started shopping for a houseboat

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What do you love about the club: I love that the Club feels like a small town, with everyone prepared to help and looking out for each other, giving each other a wave

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when passing by in the Marina, etc. The Club seems to have a wonderful family culture. How long have you been on the lake: We’ve only been on the Lake since September 2019. However, my family spent 25+ years Name: Warren Jones

waterskiing on Lake Hume in Albury / Wodonga. Two people you’d most like as guests: My

Family: Amanda (Wife), Will

dad who unfortunately passed away when I

(13) and Charlotte (11)

was young, and one of our Staffies (Paris) who

Joined EBC: September 2019 (Full Member

unfortunately passed away in late 2018. Paris

Acceptance was in January 2020) Boat Name: One & Only Marina: 3 Occupation: Asia Pacific Managing Director (Software Company) Why did you join EBC: After spending many years summer holidaying at the beach, we

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would have loved diving off of the duckboard into the Lake, swimming with the kids. Best boating experience so far: Floating in the middle of the Lake, watching all the kids jumping off the top of the Houseboat. Ah, and our first full summer on the Lake this year! Best mishap so far: Nothing serious thankfully – just coming into the poo barge too fast.

were fortunate enough to spend a couple

If not the Lake then where would you like

of weekends in recent years on the Lake

to be? Nowhere else, we love the Lake!

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Flight of the Fox

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MEMBER PHOTOS

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MEMBER PHOTOS

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HISTORIC EBC Our club was founded in 1950 by like-minded folk with a love of the water, boating, skiing, fishing and enjoying all that is special about Lake Eildon. The Initial membership comprised 25 members and a hand full of boats- mostly cabin cruisers, and the first fees were set at one “guinea” ($55.26 in today’s money) for initial entry and a further one guinea for the annual subscription. The boats in the Club, through the 1950’s, were mostly cabin cruisers but in the early 1960’s came the first houseboat, which changed the clubs needs. Marinas were later built to accommodate the houseboats. The original houseboat can be seen in town presently being restored, boats were refuelled via hand pump from 44 gallon drums and, if you did have a fridge, it was gas powered. There were no houseboat size restrictions and your boat width was dictated by the width of the local boat building shed. The infrastructure was modest to say the least. Swing moorings, a timber shed & numerous working bees saw the construction of a slipway (hand built by members on working bees, built on railway sleepers) a workshop and a caretaker’s house. In 1967 the first clubhouse was erected. Refrigeration was by way of a retired Peters ice cream van donated by members. To reach your boat on it’s swing mooring, you had to row or … swim. (September dip anyone?)

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As a club with the vision, passion, support and investment of members, we have come a long way since 1950. As members we should be proud of how OUR club has kept pace with the times in facilities, health & safety, communication and meeting all members needs as lifestyles and boats have evolved. Today we have 503 full members, 102 social members, 41 family-linked members making regular use of: 422 marina berths and 248 dry storage sheds, various infrastructure buildings comprising clubhouse, on-site staff houses, Island trader ferry boats, service workshops and slipway sheds. In addition to the modern & comfortable airconditioned clubhouse, todays 646 members enjoy a tennis court, swimming pool and

barbeque area; one 2 bedroom cottage and a shoreline shop, along with self serviced, 24/7 fuel barge, a slipway, members’ private boat sheds, work jetties, a wash-bay and two launching ramps. But wait, there’s more with some steak knives too (literally)! There are ‘incidental’ little things we may take for granted: like major break water, many new marinas, kilometres of sealed roads, steps and ramps to marinas, 24 hour emergency phone-line, Fire Boat and thankfully, “Hercules” the lake Emergency Rescue Boat. Finally, let’s not forget a dedicated & fearless team of staff who not only serve us a refreshing drink, but tend, rescue and protect our valued treasures through major storms whilst we are all perhaps hundreds of kilometres away, tucked up safely in our beds. So, I ask you, “what have the Romans ever done for us?”

On reflection, by any measure it’s clear we all get great value and enjoyment from OUR CLUB. Again, all of the above was built and created by the blood, sweat, tears, fees & generous donations combined with the strong FUTURE VISION of past & present members and we should acknowledge & offer thanks where it is due. Importantly, it is incumbent on us to again look to the future for our own, and our children’s future safe enjoyment of OUR wonderful club In 1998, as the Club approached its 50th anniversary, the Board of the day faced the challenge to provide our next generation of members with the same high level of infrastructure that previous generations of members had provided us. In accepting this challenge the Board understood that the maintenance and improvement of the

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existing capital assets, including a proposal for a new clubhouse, needed to be funded in a manner which was equitable to all members and implemented in a timeframe which was consistent with the Club’s ability to pay. In particular much discussion and debate centred on the need for a new clubhouse, how it would be financed and how it would improve the overall member offering at EBC. The Board committed to maintain open communication with all members as it presented options and alternatives. In March 1998 at a Special Meeting of EBC the members unanimously grant the Board capital approval to spend $1.4m on a new clubhouse. The new clubhouse opened in December 1998 with the project being delivered on time and within a 5% contingency allowance. Today, 20 years further on, we continue to receive the benefit of the Board and Member foresight of 1998 which was only achieved through constructive debate, the evaluation of all options and ultimately the support of all members. As boats have naturally evolved and improved, the club has always kept focus on the future and being capable of offering ALL services to ALL members. Everyone was welcome to participate in everything, regardless of boat size. Some didn’t even own a power boat. Everybody “mucked in” for the greater good of ALL members. With the continual evolution of boats, the club again needs to look to the future to continue to maintain and attract our phenomenally strong and loyal membership. The result of the recent slipway meeting clearly demonstrated the vision for continual improvement of the clubs facilities, with an overwhelming positive response to commencing construction on the new state of the art slipway, boat ramp & maintenance facilities.

This continued improvement of the club has come about from an all for one and one for all attitude of present members and our forebears and long may that attitude continue. With the GMW issuing revised size permits the club is seeing the next phase of new generation boats and currently members have added 31 of these to the EBC fleet with another 4 being launched this year. In addition to this, the new facilities will see EBC retain its current members but also increase the membership by continuing to offer the best facilities on the Lake. Based on forecasts, in the next 5 years, allowing for new boats AND importantly, renovation/extensions we are VERY likely to see about TEN additional new generation boats per year. On that basis, it’s possible that in 10 years (and certainly by 12 years) from now almost a third of EBC boats could be the larger next gen boats and it’s critical to secure the future of the club. It is important to note that the new facilities not only enable the club to continue to offer all facilities to all members ( despite them being full paying members, presently EBC is not able to offer slipping services to next-gen boat owners) but will also offer additional facilities & flexibility to members with boats of all shapes & sizes. The new facilities will see significant pressure being take off the existing ramps & maintenance areas along with skiboat & jetski launching availability for ALL members on the busy days by substantially reducing ramp wait times. So, just as per some 70 years ago in 1950, in 2020, regardless of whether you have an inflatable rowboat, a jetski or a houseboat, All facilities are for ALL members. Enjoy YOUR Club With thanks to Paul Cohen, Helen Cuthbert & Ron Cuthbert, Simon Campi and Michael Reidy for the historical background.

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SLIPWAY & HARDSTAND PROJECT Dear Fellow Members,

A Staged Plan

By way of an update, the plans to build a dedicated large boat slipway in EBC are progressing well. Together with the positive input from members, management and the Board are turning this concept into a reality for the future benefit and safety of EBC members.

The sub committee have developed a staged development plan to get the works done in a manageable manner, importantly responding to members who have rightly identified that current slipping facilities are not reliable nor available 24/7/365. Plus the lower water levels provide additional access issues for all slipways. We know that the existing EBC trolley and rail slipway goes out of operation at around 32%, which we are likely to end up on the wrong side of this year, effecting slipping access for ALL EBC boats. Objective 1) is to create an operational ramp in 2020 which would form the foundation of a greater and sustainable slipping solution for EBC into the future.

Stage 1

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Operative constant gradient slipway ramp and hard stand

Concrete ramp with a tractor and trailer

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The Plan

The Sub Committee In December the Board formed a subcommittee to utilise the best skills in the boat club’s membership to design the best new slipway possible. The subcommittee is a mix of member and board skills and comprises of:

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Lindsay Barber – Committee Chairman (Vice Commodore) Robert McGeary – Commodore Tony Volders - Member David Kelleher (Rear Commodore) Michael Willson (Past Commodore) Matt Parsons (General Manager) Steph Dixon (Administrator)

At the outset, the subcommittee reviewed and developed the first draft of the plans developed by Mansfield civil engineers, Taylors Consulting. Initial changes involved confirming the location of the constant gradient ramp and hardstand location. The initial gradient was 7%, but after consultation we believe a slightly steeper angle is optimal. The ramp has been slightly realigned and now at 9.5%. Importantly, the ramp is pointing towards the bottom of the Millennium ramp (which a lot of members will not have ever seen!!). We expect this will enable the new ramp to operate to a low water level in the range of 15 - 8%. Achieving this low water level for the new ramp will enable us to keep slipping open almost all year, and every year! The proposed alignment of the ramp was later pegged on site at EBC.

Flat ground within Anderson Harbour is scarce and at a premium, and our new hardstand will provide more man made level ground for essential services. Creating a large hard stand with adequate space to manoeuvre a 60’ boat and providing provision for sheds for 6 – 12 large boats is imperative. A special request was made to GMW to move earth from the lake bed up to the high water mark to create some much needed dedicated level slipping space. Subsequently the hard stand will be 11,000m2 and is to be located in the shallow part of Anderson Harbour between marinas 8 and 9 (where the Larcs and other miscellaneous boats and trailers park). In time this will create a new “Industrial Precinct” for EBC for houseboat maintenance and

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building, and all slipping and launching of all boats. Refer the attached photos and plans. After much review and debate the slipping machinery for stage two is proposed as a tractor (rather than a prime mover truck) and a trailer as a cornerstone piece of equipment for our slipping infrastructure. This has been chosen in preference to rail and cable trolley, due to the flexibility and reliability it provides. The subcommittee is in the process of appointing a mechanical engineer to assist with developing a compliant design. Noting that EBCs equipment does not need to be road legal (ADR compliant) it can offer increased stability, plus it will be designed to hold the boat near horizontal on the 9.5% gradient ramp. In order to future proof the slipping facilities and cater for the ever larger and heavier boats, the subcommittee has agreed the trailer specification is for 70’ and 140T capacity. Double the weight of the heaviest on the lake today! As late as today (the day of writing), members of the subcommittee staff inspected a possible trailer to acquire, rated to 180T, with the view to convert this to a slipping trailer.

The Build We have met an independent earth moving contractor on site and have an estimate and have negotiated an agreement. In addition, we have the support from a number of members to support the primary contractor with their equipment and donation of time. This will be a huge assistance. All parties are ready to commence earthworks at the end of February.

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and certainly generated much duckboard and bar conversation between members as ideas were exchanged. With much discussion and input gradually the concept was tested and refined to the best solution for the EBC. In addition to the formal meetings, the subcommittee engaged in countless informal conversations and meetings with the membership to respond to their queries and take and consider their suggestions. After an informal information session was held on the 30th of December to inform members of the plans, the directors of EBC called a Special General Meeting to seek memberships support to build the earth ramp. Held on Saturday 25th of January around 100 members (and associates) attended the club house for the purpose to learn more and for voting on the two resolutions relating to the funding and building of the new boat ramp and slipway. Both resolutions received overwhelming support 80 votes for and five votes against. The earth works is now clear to go ahead, subject to raising direct funding for the purpose.

The board’s position in relation to raising capital for this unique project at very short notice, and to take advantage of the low water levels was to have a more targeted approach towards member funding. It was decided to seek voluntary contributions from G & FX boat owners rather than gaining approval from the entire EBC membership for a levy or similar. It was felt that a special charge across all boat owners would have taken a lot longer to achieve and may have jeopardised the commencement of the project.

To finance this unique project, the Slipway and Hard stand subcommittee has suggested EBC boat owners contribute funds directly. It has been suggested, and strong support received to date, for donations of $10,000 from the 36 G boat owners, $5,000 from the 34 FX boat owners, and $1,000 (or any other amounts as you see fit) from the broader membership to assist the project, which will improve slipping of houseboats and speedboats for all members. These funds are needed promptly to enable the project to proceed.

Funding At the time of writing, most of the G boat owners have donated $10,000 per family, as have a high number of FX boat owners. A special thanks and appreciation to the half a dozen regular F boat owners who have also made sizable donations to support the project for the benefit of the future of EBC. The total raised to date is $253,000, and climbing! This is $150,000 short of our target to complete the

The Resolutions The specific resolutions taken to members at the special meeting held on 25 Jan at the EBC Clubhouse were;

The Communication

1. The Board of Directors of EBC, be authorised to raise $350,000 by way of voluntary contributions from members for the specific purpose of the construction and development of a slipway and hard stand, and

Over the summer the Sub Committee held a member information session and called a special meeting to vote on the build. This large project is the largest project the EBC has seen for 20 years, since the club house was opened,

2. Subject to the raising and receipt of the above funds, members approve the capital works of $350,000 on the construction of a slipway and hardstand, planned to commence February 2020.

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After an information presentation by Vice Commodore Lindsay Barber and some discussion and further clarification, both motions gained strong support to accept the two motions and therefore the proposal. A strongly influencing factor was that EBC had received donations or pledges of financial support exceeding $200,000 from around 28 members to finance the project. Further pledges were committed from members at the meeting.

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earth ramp, hard stand and concrete at the water level. While the tax deductable donations are voluntary, in the interests of all of the members and building reliable and safe facilities for the future (at these low water levels) we do ask that the financial load is shared by all, and all larger boat owning families do choose to donate to get this initial stage underway. After that, the cost is approximately equivalent to one extra years insurance or the mooring and GMW permit fees (except these donations are tax deductible), and your family contributes to an important piece of EBC infrastructure. In addition to membership, Matt and I have met with GMW and Regional Development Victoria to inform them of our plans and how it assists the local house boat industry, generates local jobs, enables safe slipping (without OH&S exposure), enables regulatory slipping compliance. We have also asked for their assistance in stages 1, 2 and 3 to move this project as a private / public partnership. They identify the need, and I am optimistic we can count on some support from them through this project. The subcommittee is considering the ways to recognise the foundation donors who gave of their time and importantly their funds to get this project underway. This may be in the way recognising them on a plaque, foundation stone, named foundation bricks or foundation board in the clubhouse to express our appreciation.

Next Steps We hope to finalise raising the funds from the remaining members in the next week or two. Once we have funds we will commence immediately. If we don’t raise all the funds, we will do what we can afford. But it would be a tragedy to have all the heavy equipment on site and not move all the dirt we want to move. We are actively working on developing a firm strategy and recommendation to promptly commence stage two. We are reviewing trailers and trailer design, looking at tractor specs, and are engaging a

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mechanical engineer. As outlined at the information sessions, early estimates for this part of the project may be $1.6M. We expect the funding may be made up of a public private partnership. We foresee members contributions in the form of slipping paid in advance, and funding from GMW and RDV. More details to follow in due course.

In conclusion Many thanks to all members who have taken an interest in this project and provided advice, financial support and have committed to donate time and equipment to the project. Special recognition and vote of thanks in particular to the assistance of member Tony Volders (Apres), who has committed a significant amount of time and assisted the board bring this project to fruition for members. Hopefully by the time you read this article and Easter is upon us, the new ramp and hard stand has taken shape and the earth works are almost totally complete.

Rob McGeary COMMODORE


EBC MEMBER APP

Some Handy Tips for using the new EBC Member APP LOGGING INTO THE EBC BOOKINGS SYSTEM

Just prior to the Summer Season on the Lake, we launched our new EBC Member APP. Since then it's had fantastic reviews and we've seen APP membership go from 0 to 300+ within the first 6 weeks! With 13,000 screen views just in January alone and consistently more than 25% of users logging in each and every day... it's safe to say the APP is proving a big hit with Members. It features all the latest Newsletters and Watermark, gives quick access to Handy Club Info Documents and keeps Members up to date with Breaking News. It has a handy EBC Members Database where you can look up contact info and boat names, a Photo Gallery and a Club Event Calendar - you can also view the latest Water Levels, Weather, Webcams, Fishing Reports and more! Plus the Bookings feature allows Members to reserve a table at the Bistro, register Guests and book services such as Gas Bottles, Wash Bays, the Werribee Duck and Work Jetties.

One of the great functions of this new APP is the ability for you to book the Bistro, Register your Guests and book other services such as Gas Bottles, Wash Bays, the Work Jetty and the Werribee Duck! From the EBC Member APP main screen select "EBC Bookings". Click the link and then 'Sign Up' to make bookings. Select 'stay logged in' when signing in to this section of the APP and you won't have to sign in again! (We need you to sign up to the booking section as this adds & tracks your information for each booking that you make) Once in the APP you will see in the top right of the screen your name if you click this you can access your profile and update your details at any time to add your boat name and other information.

A recent user survey shows that over 45% of respondents would rate the APP 4 stars and better still over 25% would give the new APP 5 stars!!

Join now and start to take advantage of all the great Member features and benefits that this APP has on offer.

Here's a step by step guide for how to access the new EBC Member APP ... it's 100% Free! 01

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Download Team App onto your smartphone, tablet or iPad.

Then, Launch the Team App on your smartphone, tablet or iPad.

Search for Team APP on googleplay or the APP Store. or go to http:// teamapp.com/ app

Then Sign up to Team APP - you will be sent an email with a code to confirm your registration.

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Then, Search for 'Eildon Boat Club' (From within the APP)

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VIEWING CLUB EVENTS Select to "Subscibe" to add the Events Calendar to your smartphone or iPad/Android calendar. Select the "calender" view or "list" view by clicking the icon located in the top right of the screen. Click the event to view more information and RSVP!

SEARCHING & VIEWING MEMBER INFORMATION

Here's what features are the most popular to date... Breaking News EBC Membership Database Booking System for Guests Booking System for Bistro Webcams Newsletters Weather

Select the "EBC Members List" from the Home Screen of the APP You can search for a Members Name - first or last, Boat Name, Marina etc.. This information is provided strictly for EBC Member Use and is not to be distributed in any way.

Some feedback from APP Users... Now, on your smartphone, tablet or iPad login to the Team App APP.

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Now, Request Access From within the APP request access and select 'EBC Member Group'

We'll now approve the request and you'll then be ready to start exploring all the great features...

For queries or technical assitance, please call the Club or send an email to our App Admin we will be happy to assist; support@eildonboatclub.com.au

"I use the booking system for the restaurant and guests, is great to also have breaking news in one location, no need to read emails all the time...." "Online booking system for Werribee Duck is excellent!..." "I regularly view the webcams, weekly newsletter, breaking news and also members names and boatnames, overall I find it very useful..." "It's great for accessing the latest EBC news, Eildon weather and to make bookings..." "Online booking is great, works a treat..."

VIEWING OTHER FEATURES Most info is 'clickable' and will open up an article, link or picture. For the photo gallery for instance; if you click on the main gallery it will open up the entire list and each of these you can click to view a larger image. The "Newsletter & Handy Info" is updated regularly as is the "Breaking News" section. For the "Webcams" you'll find buttons in the top the top right for the different webcam views available and you simply click these to view that particular camera. Instant Notifcations will be sent if important News is added that should be viewed straight away or when other articles/documents are loaded.


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RON AND HELEN CUTHBERT

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Eildon Boat Club – 42 years & going strong. “I can’t hold it she’s breaking up” was a line synonymous with the Six Million Dollar Man, a television show that completed its last season in the same year that Ron and Helen Cuthbert purchased their first houseboat. “It was after visiting the lake on day runs with our Swiftcraft speedboat, and spending time on a couple of friends’ houseboats. We were hooked pretty quickly and saw the close proximity of Eildon as being a far better alternative than trekking up to Moama, as we had done for the past three years.” Ron recalls 1978 with a glint in his eye. Matthews I was moored on Marina 2 and it was shared between he and his brother, Graeme. The décor was very seventies, nothing flash, and it was powered by a 70HP outboard that chugged along quite nicely, until one day a trip back from Big River turned to drama and something like a scene from Steve Austin’s spaceship! A storm appeared from nowhere and Helen began yelling, “Darl, you need to go faster.” “I’m already going flat out,” said Ron. “Well it looks like we’re going backwards,” yelled Helen. “We are not. You’re dreaming.” “We are so, Darl. Now we’re going sideways.” Finally Ron looked up and realised it was time he started thinking what she was thinking, coz the steering arm had broken, there were screams of watch out for that tree, a quick tie up

to the first tree they could reach, and of course that tree snapped its trunk and the houseboat was about to get slammed into a bank! Oh the old days – no such thing as automatic gangplanks, mobile phones, jet skis or Malibus. And forget about bow thrusters, television, air conditioning or power without a generator running. The fridges ran on bottled gas, we drank straight from the lake and porta potties were the norm. The pooh barge was a handpump operation and the CB radio was awash with Friday night Trivia Pursuit competitions – that is if you were somewhere in range to be heard. As a family we played cards, Monopoly and Scrabble. We had yabby catching competitions (and continually lost the yabby nets by forgetting to lift them to the surface before we moved on). We had regular campfires on the banks and what seemed like a thousand new friends who all took turns to come up for a weekend of skiing, aquaplaning, swimming and home-made fun. We indulged on Fluffy Ducks (the liquid variety), Blackberry Nip and Riesling, and then Ron got creative and began making Pina Coladas and Grasshoppers galore. We weren’t much into fishing, but we skied at dawn and dusk, chasing the ‘flat bits’ and us kids devoured pretty much a whole box of Coco Pops for breakfast every single day! Ron and Helen’s houseboating experience has continued for the last 42 years, and there are multiple times where the day’s events or

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party turned into something from a crazy movie, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. After several years on Matthews I, the boat was sold and we had to settle for daily skiing commutes from our holiday house at Taggerty. As landlubbers we had mains power, motor bikes, horse rides and more happy days, but the lull of houseboating beckoned once more. In 1984, Ron and Helen purchased an old boat, Tonga II, with the aim of gutting it to the pontoons and frame. “Apart from the super-structure, it was pretty much a knockdown/ rebuild,” said Ron. “As a Carpenter, I was able to spend most weekends working on it with our sons, Neil and Glenn, and the first Loveboat was launched as a single storey within twelve months. We had many happy times, with tents pitched on the roof for extra bed space for friends, and finally decided to increase it to a second storey boat in 1992. The refloat proved too heavy for the existing pontoons, so a third pontoon was positioned quick smart. By this time, we were into Galliano shots with a lit coffee bean on top. The monkey bar was created and every Christmas and birthday saw a plethora of new stuffed monkeys hang from the

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walls and ceilings - and the tradition of daily happy hours continued. We competed in all of the sailpasts and, one year, the biggest of our monkeys was placed astride the blue flashing light on the roof. What we didn’t realise, at first, was that the light’s heat eventually set the darn thing on fire, and sailing past the then Commodore was a flurry of bodies grabbing the white fluffy beast and hurling him overboard in flames! We won the prize that year – probably for Best Spectacle. It was funny after the fact, but it could have ended in a whole lotta hurt.” Eventually a targa bar was added and the boat was sold to Ross and Adrienne Tucker and renamed as Love Affair. In 1998, Ron and Helen commissioned a new Loveboat to be built by Ian Kemp and life on the lake continued. CB radios were replaced with mobiles, televisions were in, and generator power now ran into battery storage, meaning technology was finally becoming the norm. Houseboating was taking on a much more luxury feel – they were not quite bionic yet, but better, stronger and faster – with inboard motors, dishwashers and the advent of hydraulic duckboards.

In those days, there were still boats (like the glorious old Septima) on swing moorings in the middle of the harbour, the new clubhouse was built and the water level continued to fluctuate, until the lake famously became known as a 6% puddle and we were all relocated to Macdonald Island on our marinas, being escorted from the EBC’s grounds to our houseboats by Club ferries. We celebrated Australia Day on the island with meat pies and sauce (courtesy of Paul Cooper’s party boat) and an eighteen-year history of EBC CanTeen weekends, charity auctions and water sports days evolved. We had Friday night barbeques under the club house where you brought your own meat to cook, and a shop boat brought us ice creams to savour on hot summer days. Ron continued to recall, “In roughly 2014, we launched our current Status houseboat, Joie De Vie and said goodbye to Loveboat once and for all. Loveboat is now known as Too Easy and Peter and Chris are at the helm. At the age of 81 and 82, Helen and I still love coming up here. There have been dumb days when we’ve tried to leave a bank with one rope still tied to a tree, others where we’ve been blown sideways when tree roots

have been ripped from their perch, and times where we’ve seen tragedy through terrible accidents. But, in all, we’re still here as a family. Neil has his own boat, Julie and Steve stay with us, the grandchildren still come up to the lake with their own friends and partners, and the Joy of Life goes on. We laugh about the speedboats and tinnies that have wafted off by themselves mid-cruise (sometimes because someone forgot to tie the darn rope in the first place), and we’ve made so many wonderful friends and acquaintances. There’s the day we tried all four pump sides on the pooh barge, only to then realise that we were trying to extract our contents through the wrong hole, and the day that we probably overstayed in our spot in Rennie’s Inlet – the water went down and a beanstalk (underwater tree) started to grow up through the shower base. We’ve counted steps until we’ve run out of numbers, and consumed just the odd bottle of wine every now and then”

first to get there and often almost the last to leave.” The Cuthbert memoirs of life on the lake are long and, as a family, we have every intention of making them linger longer into the foreseeable future. As long as we can continue to do whatever floats our boat and enjoy our life of cruising through the years, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Julie Cuthbert

“We’re still hooked on the Joie De Vie of EBC… and you’ll still find us at most of the functions and Friday night soirees. We might have a few more wrinkles, but we’re proud of the fact that we’re often the

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History

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Kitchen Social Pages & Bar

LET’S EAT & DRINK So what should you be reaching for when you’ve cooked up your delicious pork belly? A nice, crisp Riesling will do the trick nicely. We stock a beautiful Riesling from the label Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch from Fowles Winery in Avenel Victoria. This wine is pale straw in colour with delicate aromas of citrus blossom, lychee and pink lady apples. The perfect accompaniment to Udi’s Pork Belly, with enough citrus zing and the freshness of apples to enhance the culinary delight.

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Pea purée with Pork belly

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Pork belly is one of my favourite dishes since I was young. I have created this dish for us before and I remember it being absolutely delicious at the time. Caramelized, succulent slowly cooked marinated pork belly on a bed of smooth, creamy pea puree and crunchy, crisp cauliflower. It’s super simple to rustle up. After a few minutes of prepping the veg, you can then leave the pork belly to work its magic in a hot water bath whilst you put your feet up. You’ll need to leave yourself at least 3.5 hours cooking time, so I suggest maybe leaving this dish for the weekend when you have a little more time on your side.

So what should you be reaching for when you’ve cooked up your delicious pork belly? A nice, crisp Riesling will do the trick nicely.

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We stock a beautiful Riesling from the label Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch from Fowles Winery in Avenel Victoria. This wine is pale straw in colour with delicate aromas of citrus blossom, lychee and pink lady apples. The perfect accompaniment to Udi’s Pork Belly, with enough citrus zing and the freshness of apples to enhance the culinary delight.

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Local Fishing

FISHING REPORT Well the holidays are over, which means less traffic on the water during the week which will help the fishing. During these times of high numbers of boating activity, the extra noise sends the fish into deep water, only to move into the shallows at night and first light or until the boats start to fire up again. Fishing from your house boats can be very productive at this time of the year as the smaller bait fish congregate underneath looking for protection which is a smorgasbord for the larger fish. As summer finishes and autumn begins, the lake will see more redfin schooling up getting ready to spawn. Yellow Belly will be active trying to fill up before the water temperature drops and the trout will start to move up out of the depths and actively feed. TROUT Flat line trolling with Tassie devil lures and bibbed lures that dive to around 3 mtrs in depth will be very productive way catch a trout while you have a nice slow cruise around taking in the serenity of our beautiful lake. For those who want to just sit on the back deck and fish

from there, I recommend floating a worm or mudeye (dragon fly lava) with a leader depth of around 1-1.5 mtrs from your hook to the float. The Pondage is a great place to take the kids for a fish, with regular stockings of Brown and Rainbow trout from nearby Snobs creek hatchery. Powerbait is the most common bait used here as it is a very simple method of a running sinker rig with a size 6 hook cast out into the weed beds where the trout patrol looking for food.

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YELLOW BELLY Can be the hardest fish in the lake to target as they can be feeding today and off the bite tomorrow. Using the same method as for redfin with worms or yabbies works well or casting bibbless lures around the rocky walls and lying timber in the shallows is an exciting way to target these as you can have very aggressive strikes with sometimes the whole school chasing the lure. Trolling stump jumpers and other diving lure around the edge of the lake will produce these fish and you may even get a bye catch of a murry cod.

MURRY COD Australian icon in the fishing world, and their growth in the lake is second to none. They have grown to over a meter and it is becoming more common that fish this size are being caught around the lake on large deep diving lures, swim baits, and baits such as cheese, chicken, yabbies, worms and even chop bones or sausages. Like all the other fish in the lake they do hang around the mariners looking for an easy feed of small fish and are very aggressive feeder which helps them grow so quick. So don’t throw your chop bones or left over snags out and use these off the back of the house boat. These beautiful fish fight hard from the start and can and will test out the fishing gear, 30 pound mono fishing line size 4/0 hooks and size 4 sinker is the lightest you should use. Remember there is a size limit of minimum 55cm to 75cm maximum to keep these fish to eat if you wish, the smaller the better as they can be very fatty and if not cleaned and correctly prepared it will spoil the flesh.

They will be schooling up around the trees and drop offs and even around the mariners feeding up on anything they can find as they get ready to spawn. Worms and yabbies off the back of the house boats with a paternoster rig dropped down to the bottom then a wind or two of your reel so you do get snagged on the timber below is a great method for fishing for these very delicious eating fish.

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The LakeEBC at aReports Glance

LAKE EILDON STORAGE LEVELS

The Trex made welcome Jetty at Eildon gets some pretty harsh traffic and still looks as good today as it did when it was installed

Highlights Years from 1983 - Today CHART COMPILED BY: Dave Dreveman

13/2/20, 2:30 pm

Lake Eildon Storage Levels

Chart compiled by: Dave Dreverman ddreverm@icloud.com (GMW data)

(Highlight Years from 1983 - Today)

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Island Mist

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Lake Level 2011

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Gravel Path

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Trex Transcend is the world’s number 1 selling composite decking for a reason! As used on both the Eildon Boat Club Welcome Jetty as well as the Launching Jetty, Trex Transcend is a maintenance free, hard wearing and scratch resistant material. Havana Gold

Tiki Torch

Spend summer enjoying your deck, not oiling it... Made in the USA from over 95% recycled materials and available in 7 great colours. With a P2 / R10 slip rating, Trex is the perfect material for both Houseboat duckboards as well as backyard decks. Ideal for around chlorinated pools as it is protected by a 25 year fade and stain warranty. CRITERION

TEST

Water Absorption

ASTM D1037

Vol. %

<0.5%

Weight gain measurement of a deck board when immersed in water for 24 hours.

Mass %

0

Change in mass measurement of a deck board when immersed in water for 24 hours.

LIMITED RESIDENTIAL

TEST EXPLANATION

(cannot be kept permanently submerged).

WARRANTY

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FADE & STAIN WARRANTY

For more information checkout our website www.demak.com.au/trex or call in to our Ringwood East showroom at 388 Canterbury Rd to see all the options.

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Watermark Magazine - The Eildon Boat Club Experience  

Autumn 2020. We wrap up our Summer Events, get an update on our Slipway & Hardstand project, get a look at a new boat build, chat to a long...

Watermark Magazine - The Eildon Boat Club Experience  

Autumn 2020. We wrap up our Summer Events, get an update on our Slipway & Hardstand project, get a look at a new boat build, chat to a long...

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