Eildon Boat Club Family Fun Day Broadcast

Mike Dalmau chatting with Eildon Boat Club Commodore Michael Wilson and Rear Commodore Rob McGeary (reflection of the harbour in the window)

On the 2nd January 2017 UGFM broadcast live at the Eildon Boat Club Family Fun Day from the clubhouse balcony overlooking beautiful Anderson Harbour on Lake Eildon.

The Eildon Boat Club is the largest inland boat club not only at Lake Eildon but in Australia, with around 400 houseboats and cruisers permanently moored in the harbour. Lake Eildon is a freshwater man-made lake with 530 km of coastline being 5 times bigger than Sydney Harbour or nearly twice the size of Port Phillip bay.

We spoke on-air with many of the club members and those from the committee of management about the history of the club and how it has evolved and now employs many people involved with maintenance and building these very large boats. Lake Eildon is 90 meters deep at its deepest point, with recreation fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, houseboats and houses located around the lake. Eildon is at the centre of the lake that is 64km from end to end, 32km to Bonnie Doon to the north and 32km to Jamieson to the south east. The lake was originally built for irrigation storage for those downstream on the Goulburn River and also has two hydro electric power stations.

The view from our Outside Broadcast on the deck of the EBC clubhouse and some of the water activities on the day in Anderson Harbour

UGFM provides regular hourly broadcasts of the local weather forecast and current conditions for the Murrindindi Shire and surrounds including Lake Eildon, this also includes predicted and current wind speed and direction along with warnings as they occur. As a designated emergency broadcaster boaters on Lake Eildon rely on our service to alert them when conditions are changing and we ensure that alerts for fire weather and storms are broadcast.

Mike Dalmau with Gary Kent CEO of the Western Bulldogs a regular at Lake EIldon

The population of Lake Eildon swells by around 20,000 people during the warmer months and so UGFM caters for this in its programming with fishing and boating reports as well.

The Family Fun Day was a great success, with lots of water sport activities and club members getting together in a relaxed atmosphere. www.eildonboatclub.com.au

UGFM President Peter Weeks OAM with cousin Rob McGeary EBC Rear Commodore