Urgent Safety Rule - Greens Lake
Marine Safety Act 2010
URGENT SAFETY - GREENS LAKE (NEAR COROP)
I, Shaun Rodenburg, Director Maritime Safety (delegate of the Director, Transport Safety), make the following waterway rule under section 184 of the Marine Safety Act 2010 as an urgent safety rule for Greens Lake (near Corop).
The waters of Greens Lake (near Corop), excluding the areas prohibited to vessels, are subject to a 5-knot speed restriction when the water level of the lake is at 100.0m AHD or less.
This rule has effect from the time of the publication of this Notice until further notice.
Director Maritime Safety
Delegate of the Director, Transport Safety
Transport Safety Victoria
News and announcements
To ensure the safety of all our visitors to GMW storages, Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is advising the public of a 5-knot speed restriction for water users at Greens Lake near Corop.
With low water levels, the 5-knot speed restriction has been enacted to protect recreational boat operators and passengers from potential personal injury and/or damage to boat.
Signage will be displayed on site to inform visitors of these changes.
Carry-in carry-out rubbish policy
Visitors to Greens Lake are reminded to take their rubbish with them as part of our “carry-in, carry-out” policy aimed at stopping the illegal dumping of rubbish and keeping the lakes area safe and clean.
Camping on the foreshore is prohibited at Greens Lake under GMW’s recreational by-laws. A copy of the by-laws can be found at www.gmwater.com.au/recreation
A reminder to all visitors to Greens Lake they will need to adhere to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, which can be found at the coronavirus (COVID-19) website.
More information on Greens Lake
We understand the recreational value of Greens Lake to the local community and recreational users across the state. In early 2019 consultation was undertaken with the community and local government regarding changes to Greens Lake. The consultation led to building additional amenities around the lake, such as the new shower and toilet block, bollards and barbecue area.
Due to a more efficient and cost-effective irrigation delivery network, Greens Lake has not been required for storage use to supply water to entitlement holders recently and is no longer required into the future.
The future plan for Greens Lake is to return to a natural watering regime and visitors can expect to see increased flora and fauna when the lake returns to a natural watering regime. This includes increased vegetation and habitat complexity, meaning increased breeding and feeding for a diverse range of waterbirds.
This will also bolster natural flows and will achieve downstream benefits in the River Murray system – most importantly to spur native fish breeding in the Goulburn River, Gunbower Creek and downstream waterways.
The removal of five pumps that transfer water out of Greens Lake, undertaken as part of the Connections Project, will save close to $200,000 in ongoing annual costs. Over ten years, that’s $2 million that would have to be funded by our customers.
The pipe connecting the lake to the irrigation delivery network will remain.
GMW doesn’t increase storage levels for recreational needs unless requested by a water entitlement holder. Its core role is to harvest, store and deliver water for its customers and entitlement holders who own water.
GMW is working with other stakeholders, including the Goulburn Broken CMA and Taungurung Land and Waters Council, to identify the ecological and cultural objectives at the site.
Land and On-Water Management Plans
The Greens Lake Land and On-Water Management Plan 2014 is now available at our L&OWMP page.
Copies of the plan are also available from GMW’s Rochester office.
Greens Lake is an off stream storage situated approximately 7.5 kilometres north-east of the small township of Corop.
Greens Lake is a natural basin, and few works were required to convert the basin into a storage. Construction of a pump station and pipelines commenced in 1966, and opened in October 1968.
The pipelines and pump station construction started in 1966 and the lake were officially opened in October 1968.