Bid to remake Terang lake bed

IMAGINATION is the only thing limiting the development of Terang’s lake precinct, the town’s progress association says. 

The association has called on members of the community to join a community reference group to steer planning for the development of the area surrounding the dry lake bed. 

Association president Michael Reicha said there was no set vision for the precinct, but they were hoping to build on what was already in the area. 

Mr Reicha said the association had funding to try to develop some sort of “masterplan” for the area. 

“We are at the stage where we are looking to employ someone to give us some visual ideas, so nothing is out of the question at this stage,” he said. 

“We’ve had a few ideas put forward already, things like an adventure playground, walking and cycling tracks, botanic-type gardens and various other things. 

“If possible we’d like to see some sort of water feature down there as well, a wetlands or something along those lines.” 

The lake began to dry out after European settlement in the 19th century and was drained in the 1960s. It’s now used for recreation purposes and is home to a walking track, barbecue areas, the Mount Emu Creek Pony Club, Terang golf course and some agricultural land. 

Mr Reicha said there was no plans to reclaim the agricultural land and they were working closely with the landholder. 

He said developing the lake precinct into a recreation and leisure area was highlighted as a priority in a Terang town plan. 

“Anyone who is interested in joining the steering committee can apply by explaining why they want to be part of it and any special interest they may have,” he said. 

“They can be emailed to or posted to Michael Reicha, Terang and District Progress Association, P.O. Box 127, Terang.”


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