City of Greater Geelong is asking locals for feedback on how Ocean Grove’s much-loved Blue Waters Lake can be protected.
Residents are being asked to outline what they value about the reserve and how they use it in a short online questionnaire at yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au/bluewaters-lake-masterplan.
The City will use the feedback to help shape a discussion paper, ahead of an updated master plan to guide the management of the 7.4-hectare reserve for the next 10 years.
Blue Waters Lake Reserve is a unique wetland habitat, with its natural assets providing a peaceful oasis amongst surrounding residential homes.
The unsealed path around the lake is popular for exercise, scenic walks and bird watching, with the grassed areas of the reserve providing space for gatherings beside the water.
The reserve supports a mix of native and introduced vegetation and many native bird species.
It also has an important role in the Ocean Grove drainage network, filtering pollutants and nutrients from stormwater before it enters the Barwon River.
The refreshed master plan will update the existing version, which was developed in 2002.
Feedback during this first stage of community consultation will be taken until 20 September.
“The unique environment of Blue Waters Lake Reserve is a hidden jewel in Ocean Grove and beloved by the community,” City of Greater Geelong mayor Stephanie Asher said.
“The current master plan for the space needs updating and with so many visitors to this beautiful spot, it’s a terrific opportunity for the community to help shape the area so it can be enjoyed into the future.
“It’s really important we hear from as many people as possible, so I encourage you to let the team know what you like about the reserve, how you use the space, improvement ideas to enhance its natural charm and your knowledge of the plants, birdlife and animals there.”
To give feedback, go to yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au/bluewaters-lake-masterplan