Carry-in, carry-out rubbish policy for Greens Lake
Visitors to Greens Lake are now required 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.
We remind visitors to respect the space and be aware of the lakeside environment.
Public rubbish bins will be removed from the lake from Monday 10 May, and rubbish dumping will not be tolerated.
Our new policy brings Greens Lake into line with the other storages managed by GMW.
The installation of bollards along the foreshore of Greens Lake was also recently completed, to help prevent erosion and protect the water quality and environmental values of the area.
Visitors to Greens Lake are reminded it is prohibited to camp on the foreshore of any GMW storage under GMW’s recreational by-laws. A copy of the by-laws can be found at www.gmwater.com.au/recreation
A reminder also to people visiting Greens Lake they will need to adhere to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, which can be found at the Department of Health and Human Services website.
For more information phone our Customer Experience Team on 1800 013 357.
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. As mentioned above, these works are currently underway and should be completed by the end of 2020.
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 water ways.
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.
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.
The pipe connecting the lake to the irrigation delivery network will remain.
It is important to note: 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.