Community survey for Lake Natimuk works
Monday 3 October, 2022
Plans to complete a weir at Lake Natimuk are now open for feedback from the community.
First started in 2016, the project was put on hold while the potential for impact on significant environmental values of Lake Natimuk were investigated, approval processes followed, and funding sought.
Parks Victoria has since liaised with the Lake Natimuk Foreshore Committee, Traditional Owners and relevant agencies to investigate and assess the proposed works.
Lake Natimuk - an important wetland habitat and recreational site. Credit: Parks Victoria
The network of wetlands around Natimuk has immense environmental significance as a habitat for birds, particularly waders. Like many lakes in Australia, Lake Natimuk is ephemeral, naturally cycling through periods of being dry, periods of shallow water levels and periods of higher, deeper water levels.
In consultation with the Lake Natimuk Foreshore Committee, Parks Victoria made the decision to leave the weir’s regulating gate out of the scope of works and maintain the water level of the new weir as the same level as the old one.
Other work since 2016 has included clarification of regulatory and governance processes and requirements, funding, asset ownership, management and insurance and government policy and best practice regarding water regulation structures and water regime management.
To provide feedback on the proposed works, go to https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/lake-natimuk-weir-consultation
Feedback is open until 28 October.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Regional Director, Western Victoria Jason Borg
“We understand that Natimuk Lake is greatly valued by the local community for tourism, recreation and mental health.”
“We’re looking forward to hearing from the community about the proposed works and how they use the lake”.