Edenhope: Lake Wallace low water levels affect economy

FAMILY HOPES: Sara McDonnell with her children William, Eliza and Tom at Lake Wallace in 2010. Family friend Clancy Shirrefs is also pictured, far right, enjoying the lake at Edenhope. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

FAMILY HOPES: Sara McDonnell with her children William, Eliza and Tom at Lake Wallace in 2010. Family friend Clancy Shirrefs is also pictured, far right, enjoying the lake at Edenhope. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

EDENHOPE residents believe low water levels in Lake Wallace have affected the town’s economy.

Edenhope and District Historical Society has written to West Wimmera Shire Council to find out if something can be done about declining water levels in the town’s lake.

Society secretary Geoff Langsworth said the lake was a major talking point in Edenhope.

“When it was full, and it hasn’t been in 20 years, it created a lot of interest with boating, skiing, yachts and canoeing,” he said.

“It was a major economic benefit to Edenhope.

“A vibrant Lake Wallace affects so many facets of our town.”

Mr Langsworth said the lake was the most important tourist attraction for Edenhope and its community.

“People just like to go there and look at the flora and fauna,” he said.

Mr Langsworth said the lake relied solely on rain water.

“If all the drains are working and unclogged, and it rains heavily enough, water flows into a swamp in town and then into the lake,” he said.

“We haven’t had anywhere near enough rain this year.

“Two weeks ago we had about 20 millimetres and it did flow into the lake, but it was only trickling in.

“If it doesn’t rain in spring when the temperature warms up, the water evaporates from the lake.

"It’s a repetitive system that relies on rain in winter.”

Mr Langsworth the society wanted council to find out if there were any alternate ways to fill the lake.

“If there are other ways of getting water to the lake, then we need to find out,” he said.

“The society is most interested to learn if the council has any policies regarding this matter. 

“If not, then we request the council implement a plan as soon as possible to endeavour to return the lake to its fullest capacity.”

West Wimmera chief executive Mark Crouch said council was not likely to be in a position to influence or engineer an outcome to the problem. 

The issue will be discussed at council’s August meeting on Thursday night.

Mr Langsworth said with a State Government election coming up, it was a perfect time for council to seek assistance from the new member of Parliament.

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