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Path adds to lake’s appeal

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November 27, 2017

Boost for community: Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Kim O'Keeffe cuts the ribbon to officially open Lake Bartlett's new walking track.

Fun: Tatura Primary School students led people around Lake Bartlett's new walking track at its official launch.

On track: Greater Shepparton City councillor Dennis Patterson, mayor Kim O'Keeffe and councillor Fern Summer walk along the new path around Lake Bartlett.

A new path around Tatura’s Lake Bartlett was opened on Friday morning.

The 850m low enivironmental impact walking path is part of broader development of the Lake Bartlett area into an improved social amenity for the town through the Lake Bartlett Master Plan.

Tatura Community Plan chairman Carl Walters, who worked with council on the project, said the path was already seeing more and more people out enjoying the picturesque area.

‘‘Before path there was just a low depression around the park and could be overgrown with grass,’’ he said.

‘‘The walking track is perfect and I think the nearby sporting clubs and school will be using it often and we hope to eventually it into a 10km circuit linking Tatura.’’

Some of the other initiatives of master plan for Lake Bartlett implemented so far are fishing platforms, drinking fountains, rubbish bins and more seating with hopes for a toilet block to be installed in the near future.

Greater Shepparton City Council’s projects department prepared the circuit path design after several onsite meetings with the community and council officers to determine the most appropriate alignment for the path.

The path was designed to have minimal disruption to the native vegetation of the area and captures the key environmental assets of Lake Bartlett.

Tatura Primary School students helped the area by planting trees alongside the path as a part of the One Tree Per Child program.

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