Tay­lors Lake plan ap­proved

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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