DIVA has a active role on the Small Vessel Advisory Committee.
Dive Industry Liaison GroupIn early 2007, PoMC established a Dive Industry Liaison Group (DILG) to ensure continued consultation and communications with the dive industry within Port Phillip Bay. Representatives from Dive Industry Victoria Association (DIVA), representing commercial diving interests, and the Scuba Divers Federation of Victoria (SDFV), representing recreational diving interests, meet on a regular basis with PoMC to discuss the Channel Deepening Project and diving in Port Phillip Bay. http://www.channelproject.com/community/dive_industry_liaison_group.asp
Port Phillip Bay Channel Deepening ProjectThe Minister for Planning, Robert Hulls, announced that the Port of Melbourne Corporation would be required to carry out a Supplementary Environment Effects Statement (SEES) for their proposed Channel Deepening Project. Please see: www.portofmelbourne.com for the planning panel’s report & recommendations, the minister’s media release and other important information.
Despite the fact that DIVA has always maintained its strident opposition to the Channel Deepening Project we have maintained contact with the Port of Melbourne Corporation through our participation on the Port of Melbourne Corporation Channel Deepening – Dive Industry Liaison Group. This group was formed during the initial planning stages of the Channel Deepening project and through active representation at all meetings DIVA has been able to directly monitor the channel deepening schedule, environmental monitoring and operational restrictions that have affected scuba diver access to various dive sites during the dredging operations. Also our participation has given industry a direct conduit to voice operational concerns and incidents directly with the Port of Melbourne Corporation.
The good news is that the project is in its final stages in respect of operations in the southern portion of the bay and we expect that all works will be completed by the end of August in time for the upcoming dive season and the scuttling of the HMAS Canberra.
In order to continue to monitor the continued effects of the project on our dive sites and the general marine environment we ask that our members remain vigilant and advise our Secretary of any ongoing observations, incidents and issues. For up to date information on the project go to: www.channelproject.com