Lake Burrumbeet is a large freshwater lake 20km west of Ballarat. The area is rich in cultural heritage and environmental values and is popular for a range of recreational activities, including walking, camping, boating and fishing.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) launched the Lake Burrumbeet Futures Project, and together with project partners, we asked community groups, residents and visitors to help shape a long-term community vision, to guide future management arrangements for Lake Burrumbeet.
DELWP established the Project Partner Group which included representatives from the following organisations and community groups:
- Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation
- City of Ballarat
- Country Fire Authority
- Central Highlands Water
- Federation University
- Friends of Lake Burrumbeet Inc.
- Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
- Lake Burrumbeet Ski Club
- Parks Victoria
- Victorian Fisheries Authority
Since the project commenced in July 2018, DELWP gathered feedback from project partners about important issues, risks and opportunities relevant to Lake Burrumbeet. DELWP also completed environmental values mapping and a cultural heritage assessment with Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation.
We asked the community to help us by filling out the survey below and telling us how you currently use Lake Burrumbeet and your views about the future vision and management of Lake Burrumbeet.
An engagement report summarising the engagement that was undertaken throughout the Lake Burrumbeet Futures Project between July 2018 and June 2019 is now available. The report includes detailed results of the online survey, feedback and submissions and outcomes arising from the project, such as the vision and recommendations. A copy is provided here for your information.
Vision for Lake Burrumbeet and Delivery of Actions
The project team and project partners reviewed the survey results and feedback, and recommendations for the future vision of Lake Burrumbeet are approved.
We are happy to share the vision statement that was drafted with the help of the project partner group:
The community is proud to share and protect this special part of Wadawurrung Country; a spiritual, natural and peaceful place that provides space for all to relax while experiencing the changing seasons.
Visitors enjoy a range of activities with facilities and access to meet the needs of a growing community.
The rich cultural heritage and wetland environment is valued and with this understanding a caring connection that improves the landscape is created.
- Undertake a cultural values survey and desktop geomorphological assessment for the lake foreshore to-
- ensure culturally significant areas are not impacted by future management activities or visitor use
- enable main visitor nodes to be assessed for Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) requirements
- provide insights into the potential age and distribution of archaeological and cultural material
- Develop and implement detailed precinct plans for the main visitor nodes to-
- define management zones and develop objectives/outcomes for these
- provide clarity of what activities are allowed or not allowed and how they will be managed
- develop and implement a signage and interpretation plan (including education and interpretation of cultural and environmental values)
- determine access points, road and trail network and rationalise what is not required
- establish basic facilities over time e.g. toilets, picnic facilities, trails, and parking areas with an associated servicing and maintenance regime
- Establish a sustainable and clear management model which will-
- identify budget requirements for future management
- identify and seek funding opportunities
- demonstrate commitment to managing the Lake
- Work with neighbours and key stakeholders to develop a water quality improvement plan to better manage nutrient inflows. The plan will be informed by-
- undertaking biodiversity values and hydrological assessments
- undertaking carp control studies
- Protect areas of native vegetation and priority biodiversity values area by:
- managing access to priority areas implementing targeted weed and pest control strategies (including carp, rabbits, gorse)
- revegetating River Red Gums and priority species
DELWP is now focused on delivery of these actions and we will be working with project partners and the community to see that the vision for Lake Burrumbeet is realised over time.
In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the Lake Burrumbeet Futures Project or would like to get in touch with the project team, we would love to hear from you.
Thank you for your ongoing interest in the Lake Burrumbeet.
Lake Burrumbeet Futures Project team
Phone 136 186
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If you would like to learn more about the Lake Burrumbeet Futures Project or would like to get in touch with the project team, we would love to hear from you.
Lake Burrumbeet Futures Project team
Phone 136 186