Taylors Lake plan approved
Gwmwater is moving forward with plans to redevelop the northern section of Taylors Lake to improve access for recreational users.
Horsham Rural City Council has approved the organisation’s planning permit application to construct an access track and car park at the ‘Pines’ area at the northern part of the lake.
The council received six submissions from adjoining property owners or lake users objecting to the permit application.
The majority of complaints related to increased fire risk and rubbish.
Several councillors discussed issues relating to fire risk, with Cr John Robinson concerned about what constituted ‘regular’ patrols in summer.
“There is not a lot of confidence in how vegetation is being managed from a fire perspective,” he said. “I wonder whether we could include a condition that the precinct be actively managed from a fire perspective to the satisfaction of the CFA, residents or municipal fire prevention officer?”
The planning permit contains measures for minimal vegetation removal, signs and a security gate or barrier.
Cr Radford agreed with council officers recommendations but asked for councillors’ concerns to be reflected in permit conditions.
He said access to the northern part of the lake would be for day visitation only.
“It’s important to recognise this is going to be somewhere to have a swim and launch the boat. If you want to camp overnight or have a fire you need to go elsewhere,” he said.
Cr David Grimble said he believed the issues could be addressed.
He said Gwmwater also planned to provide funding for toilet facilities on the west side of the lake.
He said while the council supported Gwmwater’s efforts to improve Taylors Lake, Green Lake was still the council’s number-one priority when it came to recreational lakes. “We should never lose sight of that,” he said.