Strong interest in lake management

There are no remaining seats available for a government-sponsored public meeting in Millicent next week regarding the future use of Lake George, Lake Bonney and other coastal lakes.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is hosting the two-hour forum which begins at 6pm on May 17 at the Millicent RSL War Memorial Clubrooms.

There are hundreds of licensed recreational nets in Lake George while it is a popular area for camping and wind-surfing.

Some commentary on social media has claimed that access to the lakes by hunters and fishers may be restricted by future State Government policies.

However, no such assertions are contained in the NPWS promotional material for the booked-out meeting.

NPWS executive director Mike Williams said a project was currently considering conservation outcomes for important waterbird habitat and maintaining community and recreational access to the coastal lakes.

“We want to better understand how the lakes are currently used, how they are valued, and from there, identify opportunities to maintain their unique and iconic natural features while also providing recreational access,” Mr Williams said.

“It important to point out that this is very much the just the start of an ongoing consultation process.

“Their unique features are highly valued by First Nations people and the wider community.

“The lakes provide critical habitat for a range of waterbirds as well as important recreation opportunities for everything from bird watching and fishing to camping, boating and windsurfing.

“Feedback from the consultation sessions will inform a set of draft recommendations that will undergo further public consultation later in the year.”

The NPWS is staging a similar forum at Robe from 6pm on May 16.

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