Working together to develop a recreational masterplan
GMW is seeking input from the community and recreational users at Greens Lake to develop a masterplan that will improve facilities at Greens Lake.
We’ll be hosting drop-in sessions, workshops and one-on-one meetings to reach as many people as possible.
Our promise to the local community and recreational users is that we’ll work together. We want your input into each aspect of the design because we know working together will make Greens Lake a better place to visit in the future.
What are we planning?
We’re now out and about in the community asking for input into recreational facilities at Green Lake.
We’ve engaged a landscape architect who will work with the community to develop a master plan for the area.
GMW was recently successful in securing a $200,000 Victorian Government grant to improve the toilet facilities, but we think we can do better.
We’ll ask the community to think about what facilities they would like to see – it might be toilet and shower facilities, communal eating areas, a children’s playground – there are many possibilities, but we’ll be led by you.
Why are we committed to improving facilities at Greens Lake?
There are a few reasons. The first is simple. We understand the recreational value of Greens Lake to the local community and recreational users across the state.
The second is we no longer need the lake as a storage facility in GMW’s delivery network, so we’re removing the five pumps that pump water out of Greens Lake. Even on stand-by these pumps are expensive for GMW and these costs are covered by irrigators.
Removing the storage from the irrigation delivery network will generate important water savings for the Connections Project.
Thirdly, by returning the lake to a more natural regime there will be broader environmental benefits.
How you can have your say
We’ve launched an online survey to make sure we’re reaching as many people as possible. We know users of Greens Lake come from across the state – and even the country. Please click on the link below to have your say.
There will also be more drop-in days and opportunities for face-to-face feedback – please come back to our website as we’ll be updating it with this information.
· To view this information in the form of a fact sheet click here.
About Greens Lake
In 1968 Greens Lake was established as an off-stream storage to supplement the Waranga Western Channel that supplies water to the Rochester and Loddon Valley Irrigation Areas.
Historically GMW gravity fed water into the lake and used it as a storage facility. However, times are changing for the irrigation delivery network.
The $2 billion Connections Project is funded by the Victorian and Australian governments. It is creating a more efficient and effective delivery network and for the past five (almost six) years Greens Lake has not been used as a storage facility.
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