Water has been pumped back to Green Lake, Victoria, for the first time in a decade, as part of the $2 million Bringing Water Back to Green Lake project.
In October 2017, the Victorian Government announced $2 million for the project, to repair the lake bed, reduce water seepage issues and enable water to be delivered.
The project, which involved building a new clay layer at the base of the lake, was completed in September 2018. Water delivery has now started and the lake will slowly fill over the coming months.
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water will fill the lake to capacity, enabling people to kayak, picnic near the water and enjoy the lake into the future.
In April 2016, the Victorian Government funded a $72,000 business case under the Community Sport and Recreation Program as a part of the Drought Support Fund to provide a solution to seepage issues at Green Lake.
It forms part of the State Government’s statewide water plan, Water for Victoria, which acknowledges the significant social, cultural and economic benefits waterways provide.
This community-led project is being delivered by Grampians Wimmera Mallee, Buloke Shire, the Green Lake Committee of Management and the Barenji Gadjin Land Council.
The State Government has announced that the project had come in roughly $200,000 under budget. These funds will be used on amenities and infrastructure to further enhance the community’s use of the lake.
Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, has asked GWMWater to work with the community on the best projects to suit the needs of locals and visitors to the area.