13 May 2013
The community is invited to attend a public meeting to discuss the opening of Lake Bonney later this year for use by human-powered vessels.
The public meeting will be held at 7.00 pm, Wednesday, 15 May at Millicent Civic and Arts Centre.
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) Director, Transport Safety Regulation, Trent Rusby said it was important that people are able to enjoy the Lake, but safely.
"Initially access will be restricted to human powered vessels only, including canoes and kayaks and excluding wind or sail boards," he said.
"We also encourage all users to wear personal flotation devices, carry a radio and tell someone where they will be and when they will be back."
"We expect to be able to re-open Lake Bonney to human powered vessels later this year.
“We will continue to engage with local councils, local, environmental and Aboriginal communities and other agencies with a view to remove the hazards, install amenities and introducing powered vessels in due course."
Lake Bonney was closed to public use in the 1980’s following concerns about contaminated water and the hazards posed by logs stored in the water following the Ash Wednesday fires.
While the log hazards remain, the water quality has returned to levels acceptable for human use.
There is no need to register to attend the public meeting.