The chair of Lake Eildon’s Land and On-Water Management Implementation Group Paul Sladdin is urging people with an interest in Lake Eildon to get involved and have their say.
Also the Bonnie Doon Ward Councillor for Mansfield Shire, Cr Sladdin said the group works together to enhance the lake’s environmental, social and economic values.
The group creates an understanding among community and other users about the lake’s vital role in supplying water for irrigation to some of the country’s leading farmers.
“In Mansfield Shire the lake is also important for recreation for our residents and visitors, and hence regional tourism and jobs too,” Cr Sladdin said.
“The group has representatives from Local Government and agencies, but we’d really like to see some community members on board.
“We value their input. It’s of great importance to the lake and this group.”
The group’s quarterly meetings are held at different venues across the region to ensure the group is up-to-date on each other’s activities.
The Lake Eildon Implementation group’s role is to help roll out actions identified in Goulburn-Murray Water’s Lake Eildon Land and On-Water Management Plan.
The group not only provides advice and feedback on actions identified in the plan, it helps engage with the community by providing a forum in which they can exchange ideas and information.
GMW 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.”
For more information on the Lake Eildon Land and On-Water Management Plan and to obtain a copy of the plan go to www.gmwater.com.au/lowmp/eildon