The Paddle Steamer Curlip was relocated from Marlo to The Gippsland Lakes in October 2016. A new board of management of P.S. Curlip Inc was formed to...
Save the Paddle Steamer Curlip.

This image was taken, at the end of the epic ocean voyage of P.S.Curlip, after crossing the Marlo Bar at the mouth of the Snowy River. Curlip, steamed down the coast to Lakes Entrance and her new home, The Gippsland Lakes. The photo was on her first attempt to breast the tide run out, in excess of 4 knots. On her second attempt a tow line was provided to the Water Police, to shift her safely through the tide wall and into the Lakes system, where more than 5000 cheering people lined the shores and escorted her with a flotilla of private vessels, up the Lakes to Paynesville, a truly memorable day. Thank you to the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard teams from Marlo and Lakes Entrance and the Victorian Water Police, for their invaluable support and safe escort.

This image was taken, at the end of the epic ocean voyage of P.S.Curlip, after crossing the Marlo Bar at the mouth of the Snowy River. Curlip, steamed down the coast to Lakes Entrance and her new home, The Gippsland Lakes. The photo was on her first attempt to breast the tide run out, in excess of 4 knots. On her second attempt a tow line was provided to the Water Police, to shift her safely through the tide wall and into the Lakes system, where more than 5000 cheering people lined the shores and escorted her with a flotilla of private vessels, up the Lakes to Paynesville, a truly memorable day. Thank you to the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard teams from Marlo and Lakes Entrance and the Victorian Water Police, for their invaluable support and safe escort.

WHY PADDLE STEAMER CURLIP HAS A NEW HOME. 

In August, 2016, the newly formed Gippsland Lakes Classic Boat Club were looking for a local community project to offer assistance to. Committee member Gary Plumley, identified that The Paddle Steamer Curlip was in need of urgent maintenance. A number of approaches through social media and a local newspaper campaign, identified that HELP WAS NEEDED.

Over the ensuing weeks a number of meetings were held with Gil Richardson, the current Chairman of  P.S. Curlip Inc. It soon became apparent, that the situation needed more than a few working bees. The Curlip board of management, due to the increasing age of the committee and their inability to move and repair the vessel for critical service... and to have the mandatory Commercial Vessel out of water surveys performed, had placed the vessel in a non operative commercial state.

Without income and mounting pressure from regulatory authorities, a unanimous decision was made by the board to transfer the vessel to a new board of management at the end of October 2016.

A new board was formed, comprised of members of  The Gippsland Lakes Classic Boat Club.

The cost of the temporary fixes to repair the Paddle Steamer Curlip and satisfy the appointed marine surveyors and AMSA and to gain temporary transit permits, outside the survey status of the vessel, have exhausted any remaining funds. In excess of $30,000.00 and more than 1200 man hours of volunteer time, were needed to assess, repair and relocate the vessel from Marlo to Paynesville on the Gippsland Lakes.

On other pages on this website, you will the enormity of the task we face, we are not daunted, we have faith in our FRIENDS OF CURLIP volunteer network. we have faith in the power of community and people helping each other.

Paddle Steamer Curlip is an asset of the people, as her custodians hope that the generosity of normal people will help us return to the water, for future generations of all Victorians and the people lucky enough to come and visit us in paradise, that is the Gippsland Lakes, the boating capital of Australia

Once the hull of Paddle Steamer Curlip is rebuilt, she will be relaunched with traditional tourism cruises, via short stay tourists and local residents, supplemented by high return repeat business from educational institutions and community groups, who will subscribe to the unique educational, historical and environmental tourism features the vessel will offer.

Our area of operation is rich in geographical features, wildlife, (flora and fauna) and history, harking back to the original paddle steamers, trading vessels, pioneers and fishing families that plied their trade up and down these waterways during the 18th  and early 19th century.

 
The new concept - a traditional paddle steamer that does not utilise wood fired boilers, replaced with low consumption, fuel efficient diesel. A vessel that regenerates and creates it’s own 500 litres per hour water consumption via reverse osmosis watermakers and a steam reticulating condenser plant, a vessel that utilises it massive roof awning with a 100 square metre, visually pleasing solar panel array, connected to a large 48 volt battery bank for conversion to 240 volt power to run the vessel house , lighting, refrigeration and electric induction, catering systems and audio visual equipment...

Paddle Steamer Curlip will be a vessel that will be used to teach, train, educate and entertain the greater community on the beneficial aspects of Biodiversity and our unique river and lake systems and how to utilise clean green renewable and sustainable energy.

There is no direct competition for this unique tourism venture, anywhere on the Gippsland Lakes. There is no comparison in Victoria or throughout Australia. 

By definition it will attract a different and distinct tourist potential, that covers a broad spread of demographics, it will not compete with existing vessel / based tourism operators, located in their different and defined geographical areas of business, within The Gippsland Lakes. 

About the new P.S.Curlip Area of Operations.

The environmental significance of the new area of operations for P.S.Curlip as provided by her status as an operating Commercial Vessel 1E in Victoria, fall within the existing Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site Strategic Management Plan (Department of Sustainability and Environment 2003). 

The plan established the framework for the maintenance of ecological character through conservation and wise use. The plan is now over a decade old and there has been significant progress in the understanding of the ecological character of the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site and strategic direction in management of the site and all other Ramsar wetlands in Australia.

Broadly the objectives of the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site management plan contain a primary purpose … that is to maintain ecological character and promote wise use of the site. That is, the site is not managed for conservation only, but sustainable use is encouraged and supported.

 

The Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site supports a number of ecological, socio-economic and
cultural values. This plan has adopted the principle that by maintaining (or improving)
ecological character, the socio-economic and cultural values associated with the Ramsar site
will also be conserved, within the concept of wise use. Therefore, the primary objective of the
Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site Management Plan is:

“To maintain, and where necessary improve, the ecological character of the Gippsland
Lakes Ramsar Wetlands Site and promote wise use”.
Our Business Plan, outlines how P.S.Curlip with its shallow draft and no deep propellor wash to disturb sensitive bottom structures, can be utilized as a viable tourism venture to draw positive attention and public interest to our part of East Gippsland that has world environmental significance.

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P.S.CURLIP'S NEW LOGO

Our proposed, clean, green, steam, approach to the operation and management of P.S.Curlip dovetails exactly into the aspirations and future public awareness and educational needs of many of our East and West Gippsland stake holders and instrumentalities. 
We understand the need to manage our finite resources wisely, we embrace the concepts of sound environmental and sustainable, renewable energy and believe we can contribute to the process of creating proactive and innovative tourism that creates meaningful public engagement and education within the wider Gippsland Community.