Information update: Construction activity at Lake Natimuk to be assessed
Thursday 2 November, 2017
Parks Victoria has requested a further assessment of the potential environmental impact of construction activity at Lake Natimuk.
Construction of a new weir and embankment was commenced on public land last year by the Natimuk Lake Foreshore Committee of Management.
As land manager, Parks Victoria has requested that a Water Management Plan or a Hydrological Flows Study be completed for the environmentally significant area.
An initial assessment highlighted several risks and issues associated with the proposed works. These included that the proposed structure, being higher than the existing weir, had the potential to significantly modify the water regime of Lake Natimuk and its associated waterways.
Parks Victoria will work with the Committee of Management, Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Horsham Rural City Council, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on the development of a Water Management Plan or Hydrological Flows Study.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria, Regional Director, Sally Lewis:
“Lake Natimuk and Natimuk Creek Lake Reserve are part of the Natimuk-Douglas saline wetland system, which has significant environmental value.”
“As land manager, Parks Victoria has a responsibility to protect the significant environmental and cultural values at the reserve.”
“A Water Management Plan or Hydrological Flows Study will provide a science-based assessment of the potential impact of the proposed structure.”
“We’ll continue to work with the Committee of Management to ensure Lake Natimuk remains a healthy and popular destination for locals and visitors.”
Media enquiriesJosh Maher
0448 373 986
Parks Victoria media centre