We're developing a Lakes and Waterways Activation Plan to encourage greater recreational use across the bodies of water in our shire.
Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on the Lakes and Waterways Plan.
The engagement process has involved an online community survey, four stakeholder workshops (including across Council, Land Managers, Tourism Bodies and Recreation Groups) and a number of stakeholder interviews.
We received 107 responses to the community survey over a four-week period. Some preliminary insights from a review of these surveys are:
- Top five activities at our lakes and waterways were walking; swimming, picnicking, nature appreciation and paddle sports.
- The most popular lakes and waterways were Lake Sambell; Woolshed Falls; Beechworth Gorge; Murray River; and Lake Moodemere.
- Most people visiting our lakes and waterways weekly and two to three times per week.
- Key barriers to increasing participation on lakes and waterways were too busy and time poor; poor environmental conditions; don’t know what is available; average infrastructure; and work commitments.
- Infrastructure improvements that would encourage participation on our lakes and waterways were improved trails; access to toilets; access to open space along the waterway, seating; and improved way-finding signage
Council is planning to undertake a second round of consultation sessions over summer 2019 to ensure community views are captured during peak use times. Five to six sites will be chosen to display photo boards and seek community feedback at a range of popular waterways across the Shire.
Keep an eye out here for further information about these engagement opportunities.
Developing this plan is a key action from the Active Indigo Recreation Plan.
The natural values of our lakes and waterways are an important part of what makes these locations special and having a range of settings for outdoor and nature based recreation is a key consideration in developing the plan.
The Lakes and Waterways Activation Plan aims to:
- To identify current community usage of blue spaces across the shire.
- To identify community needs, demands and priorities for lakes and waterways.
- To identify possible linkages between tourism, economic development and recreation activation of water ways in Indigo.
- To increase accessibility of waterways.
- To develop a clear action plan for programming and infrastructure, in collaboration with community, peak bodies and clubs, to increase participation in water based activities.
Otium Planning have been engaged to develop the plan and undertake community engagement.
This project is jointly funded by Indigo Shire Council and a planning grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria.