A management plan guiding the future management and protection of Lake Bullen Merri and adjoining Crown land reserves has been released.

The plan, developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in partnership with Corangamite Shire Council, provides a balanced, realistic and achievable framework to guide future management of the lake.

Acting Regional Director Jason Borg said: “The management plan recognises Lake Bullen Merri’s values and the range of users who enjoy the lake.”

“Lake Bullen Merri is an important resource for Camperdown, the region and the state,” Mr Borg said.

“It provides economic, social, recreational and environmental benefits for the local area, and attracts visitors from the broader region, interstate and overseas.

“A key objective for management of the lake and reserves is to achieve a balance between recreation and ongoing protection of environmental, scientific and cultural heritage values.

“Water quality and the presence of blue-green algal blooms in summer have implications for how visitors use and enjoy the lake.

“Actions to improve water quality have been given the highest priority in the management plan, including working with adjoining land owners to restore habitat and exclude stock.

“The lake is one of Victoria’s most popular inland fishing locations and is regularly stocked with salmon and trout.

“It is also a popular destination for a range of water-based activities, including water skiing, jet skiing, sailing and swimming.

“Pedestrian access from the western shoreline has been considered in the management plan, which supports any future proposals for access to be negotiated with private land owners.”

Copies of the plan are available on the DELWP website at www.delwp.vic.gov.au, the Corangamite Shire Council website at www.corangamite.vic.gov.au or Council’s office at 181 Manifold Street, Camperdown.