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Victoria Park Lake wish list under discussion
A discussion group, made up of environmental experts, recreation group representatives, and Greater Shepparton councillors, met yesterday to determine the future use of Victoria Park Lake.
Known as the Victoria Park Lake Recreation Usage Discussion Group, the team developed a list of potential uses for the water body and surrounding area.
Mayor Eric Bott said the discussion, led by an external facilitator, was the first of three planned meetings.
“We talked about recreation opportunities we would like to see at the lake including rowing, canoeing, sail boating and swimming as part of a triathlon,” Cr Bott said.
“However, before we can consider these options any further, we need to understand appropriate water quality requirements for these sorts of uses.
“The water quality requirements must be compared with the current water quality in the lake when full and a plan would need to be developed to close the gap.”
A water quality report is now underway and will be presented to the group later this month.
“Any decisions made on the future use of the lake will need to meet a triple bottom line; that is environmental, financial and social constraints,” Cr Bott said.
“Other issues discussed included the size of the water body and alternatives for bank alignment. “Options created by the discussion group will be fed into a master plan which will be available to the public for comment in coming months.”
The discussion group was made up of representatives from canoeing, rowing, fishing, triathlon, outdoor education and environment groups. Experts from other organisations included the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Goulburn Valley Water, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Goulburn-Murray Water and the Aboriginal Community Strategic Planning and Policy Unit, Tourism Greater Shepparton.