Po­lice tak­ing no chances at Greens Lake

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

GREENS Lake will once again be closed for New Year’s Eve as Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter (GMW) has said it is in the in­ter­est of pub­lic safety.

Peter Cly­des­dale, GMW act­ing gen­eral man­ager of cus­tomer op­er­a­tions, said this would be the fifth year Greens Lake was closed on New Year’s Eve at the re­quest of the re­gion’s emer­gency ser­vices.

“In the in­ter­ests of pub­lic safety it is our duty to close Greens Lake to avoid any tragedies oc­cur­ring over the New Year’s hol­i­day pe­riod,” Mr Cly­des­dale said.

“The con­cerns raised with us by lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices and com­mu­nity mem­bers can­not be ig­nored.”

Stan­hope Po­lice Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Frank Scopel­liti said po­lice and the CFA made the call to close Greens Lake based on pub­lic safety con­cerns.

“The events lead­ing up to the first lake clo­sure in 2014 were such that it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore a life-threat­en­ing tragedy would oc­cur. The ac­tions of drug and al­co­hol-af­fected peo­ple can put their own and oth­ers’ safety at risk,” Snr Cst Scopel­liti said.

“Emer­gency ser­vices have come to us and have raised se­ri­ous safety con­cerns. We are again clos­ing the lake for a short pe­riod over New Year’s on this ex­pert ad­vice and in the in­ter­ests of the wider com­mu­nity.’’

The lake will be closed from 12pm on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 29 to 12pm on Tues­day, Jan­uary 1.

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