Lake Fyans, Lake Lonsdale waterway rules wanted

NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council will ask Transport Safety Victoria to implement permanent waterway rules for Lake Fyans and Lake Lonsdale.

Northern Grampians Mayor Kevin Erwin said the council had recommended a ski lane at Lake Fyans.

“The current rules don’t have a ski lane access so they’re proposing to put a multi-use lane in there,” he said.

“The current rules came in 2009 when the lake was a little bit lower.”

Cr Erwin said the proposal to Transport Safety Victoria would also ask for a designated swimming area at Lake Fyans.

He said the changes were not drastic but were important to all users of waterways.

“There’s been a committee of users working as a group to try to improve the rules as well as Transport Safety Victoria,” Cr Erwin said.

“This is a recommendation to them and they have to ultimately tick off the rules.

“It shouldn’t take too long to find out but I would think we’ve had a good bit of consultation so hopefully they approve our recommendation.”

The proposed rules also include a five-knot speed limit around the perimeter of both lakes and a five-knot speed limit for all of Lake Lonsdale if water levels decline to 1.5 metres or less.

Cr Erwin said ensuring the safety of all waterway users was paramount.

“Ultimately safety is the key objective,” he said. 

We want people to enjoy themselves as safely as possible.”

He said rules around waterways were generally dictated by water levels.

“We are trying to work with GWMWater to have an agreed level for Lake Fyans,” Cr Erwin said.

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