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LETTER | Natimuk Lake tragedy

SIR, – Bulldoze Mt Arapiles and turn it into gravel for road-making. Just hear the outcry.
That’s what happened for decades up to the 1950s until enlightened people called a halt.
Tragically, a similar scenario is now happening to Natimuk Lake, an equally important natural wonder for Natimuk and district people.
It is a shadow of its former self – dry, overgrown, neglected by visitors, its ancient red gums dying, birdlife and fish gone  – and human intervention has accelerated this demise.
But this time, few people are raising their voice in protest.
It’s only grey-haired oldies such as Bob Kirsopp who know what we are all missing.
Many younger people and newcomers have never seen Natimuk Lake at the height of its popularity.
When full, Natimuk Lake was more important for recreation than Mt Arapiles for generations of locals and visitors. Mr Kirsopp has highlighted the lake’s significance.
Backing that up, a study last year by Wimmera Development Association, Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, GWM Water and councils found that the Wimmera’s lakes and waterways boosted not only the region’s economy, but also helped improve people’s physical and mental health.
The study put a figure of $27-million on the benefits, but it is impossible to put a dollar figure on a community’s health and mental wellbeing.
Equally, it is impossible to measure the community’s loss when it loses its lake.
Natimuk Lake can be fixed. The first step is to put the plug back in – i.e, to finish work on the outlet weir and restore the lake to its original depth.
That will enable the lake to hold the water it eventually receives either from the heavens, an improved catchment or from other sources.
Natimuk Lake’s health, and the community’s wellbeing, is at stake.
To paraphrase Parks Victoria’s motto, Healthy Lakes, Healthy People.
Keith Lockwood

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