A draft management statement for Lake Burrumbeet, identifying the uses, values, issues and management actions, has been released for public comment. Lake Burrumbeet is a large shallow lake located 20km west of Ballarat and is visible from the Western Highway.
The lake reserve supports a number of popular recreational activities, including boating, skiing, bird watching, picnicking, dog walking, hunting and fishing. It covers a large area with the lake and adjoining shoreline reserve making up 2607ha. It is Crown land permanently reserved for public park and recreation under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978.
Lake Burrumbeet also provides habitat for the Growling Grass Frog and the Golden Sun Moth, and is a breeding and roosting site for wetland birds. The area contains endangered plains grassland, grassy woodland and sedgy wetland and has significant hollow bearing remnant River Red Gums.
Prior to European settlement the area was used by a local clan of the Wadawurrung people. The name Burrumbeet comes from a local aboriginal word meaning ‘muddy water’. The area was a reliable source of plant and animal food, including eels. The area has a number of sites of Aboriginal cultural significance.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the City of Ballarat will co-manage Lake Burrumbeet Reserve to balance public use of the lake and the protection of its environmental features. Copies of the plan are available from the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186. The draft management statement is available for review, for 30 days from 15 June to 15 July 2015.