Markers boost Lake Bullen Merri safety

LAKE Bullen Merri has been fitted with new floating buoy markers to define and separate boating and swimming areas.

A $15,500 grant from SAFETYvictoria made the upgrade possible after the need for a boundary distinction was identified last summer, according to South Beach committee of management secretary-treasurer Peter Place.

“As a volunteer group there’s no way we could have done this ourselves,” Mr Place said.

“Now there’s a defined area where people can swim and where boats aren’t allowed to go.

“You would assume people with boat licences will respect those boundaries.”

After blue green algae issues in past summers, Mr Place said tourists and Camperdown district residents were looking forward to using the lake.

“The last several years have been very busy,” he said. 

“Last summer the algae wasn’t a problem at all but this year every waterway has had some blue green algae.

“Last year we only had it for a couple of weeks and it hasn’t been an issue for us this summer. It gets very busy from Christmas through January, but always depends on the weather.”

Signage near the lake will be installed in January to draw further attention to the purpose of the new buoys.

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