CONSTRUCTION WORKS AT GREENS LAKE
Works are taking place at Greens Lake to install new recreational amenities.
A barbecue and shelter will be installed, and a fixed crest weir will be installed in the channel between the Fresh Lake and Greens Lake.
Bollards will also be installed along the foreshore. This will help prevent erosion and will protect the water quality and environmental values of the area.
Some areas along the foreshore may have limited access at stages during construction, but caravans will still be able to park in areas where works are not taking place.
Visitors to Greens Lake will need to adhere to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, which can be found at the Department of Health and Human Services website.
If you are planning to visit Greens Lake, please be mindful to avoid crowding in public spaces – this is particularly important for very popular areas. You will need to sign in via a QR code for contract tracing purposes – this is part of GMW’s COVID Safety Plan for Greens Lake.
Please remember to ensure physical distancing and stay at least 1.5m away from anyone you don’t live with. A fitted face mask must be worn if you are not able to maintain physical distance.
For further information on the works at Greens Lake, phone our Customer Contact Centre 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 objectives at the site that environmental watering could support or improve in the future.
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.