Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) and Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMV) are reminding people to camp in the designated areas at Delatite Arm Reserve over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Delatite Arm Reserve at Lake Eildon is home to a number of popular camping spots visited by thousands each year.
Camping below the high water mark, regardless of the water level, is prohibited under GMW’s recreational by-laws. Authorised officers are able to issue penalties of up to $3000 to those who break the rules.
FFMV and GMW have been speaking with visitors in the area since December last year to reiterate the appropriate camping areas.
With regional Victorians expected to flock to Lake Eildon over the long weekend, GMW Storage Operations South manager Scott Wikman said it was vital the area remained safe and clean for all users, and the lake bed was not damaged or polluted.
“Lake Eildon is a wonderful place for camping, fishing and boating. We would like to keep it that way so we just ask visitors to abide by the recreational by-laws and respect our beautiful waterways,” Mr Wikman said.
“We also remind visitors to adhere by the latest COVIDSafe settings and advice issued by the Victorian Government.”
FFMV Forest Management Goulburn Fire District manager Scott Edwards said new signs defining the high water mark in designated camping areas had been installed and staff had been patrolling the area every weekend since Easter.
“Staff have found a large portion of visitors complying with regulations and have noticed a large reduction in anti-social behaviour and the amount of rubbish being left behind which has been great to see,” he said.
“We know the Delatite Arm Reserve is popular over long weekends and would like to remind visitors to camp in the designated areas and be COVID safe, staff will be out patrolling over the long weekend.”