Have your say on Lake Eildon

By Country News on June 01, 2017

Lake Eildon’s Land and On-Water Management Implementation Group is calling on people with an interest in the lake to get involved in the group and have their say.

Group chair and Mansfield Shire councillor Paul Sladdin said the group worked to enhance the lake’s environment, social and economic values.

‘‘In Mansfield Shire the lake is also important for recreation for our residents and visitors, and hence regional tourism and jobs too,’’ Mr Sladdin said.

The group has representatives from local government and agencies, but is seeking to add some community members to continue to create an understanding among the community and users of the lake of its role in supplying irrigation water for farmers.

‘‘We value their input. It’s of great importance to the lake and this group,’’ mr Sladdin said.

The group holds quarterly meetings across the region and helps to roll out actions identified in Goulburn-Murray Water’s Lake Eildon Land and On-Water Management Plan.

G-MW regional customer service manager Peter Clydesdale said the implementation group had a very important role to play.

‘‘Their activities include planning and sourcing funding for initiatives that address a range of land and on-water issues such as increasing community awareness and involvement, community safety, recreation and tourism, maintaining healthy ecosystems and cultural heritage,’’ Mr Clydesdale said.

The operational management of lakes, dams and reservoirs, including filling and releases, are outside the scope of the plan.

‘‘It’s important to remember the primary purpose of Lake Eildon is to store and release water on behalf of those who hold the right to use the water, known as water entitlement holders,’’ Mr Clydesdale said.

■To download an expression of interest, visit: www.gmwater.com.au/lowmp/eildon

Expressions of interest close at 4.45pm on Friday, June 2.

By Country News on June 01, 2017

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