Monday 13 July 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council will open the entrance to Merimbula’s Back Lake tomorrow.
The lake has nearly reached its level mark following recent heavy rain so digging will take place on Short Point beach between 5:00 – 7:00am tomorrow (Tuesday) when the tide is at its highest.
Council’s Parks, Reserves and Recreation Coordinator, Cliff Shipton said that signage and bunting will be in place for at least 48 hours to warn the public of a deep channel once the entrance is opened.
“We will have staff on site to ensure onlookers maintain a safe distance, and we have notified the Police and the SES of the time we will open the lake,” he said.
Residents and visitors are reminded that water flows from recently opened lake entrances are fast and dangerous.
Council requests that members of the public keep clear from recently opened entrances until water levels and flows are considered safe.
This includes staying clear of the sandbanks as these can become unstable when the water level is high.
Residents are also reminded that it is a criminal offence for non-authorised people to open a lake, lagoon or river entrance.
Non-authorised openings present a significant risk to public safety, local ecology and surrounding industries.