A new path around Tatura’s Lake Bartlett was officially opened by Greater Shepparton City Council mayor Kim O’Keeffe to the applause of residents on Friday morning.
The 850m low environmental 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 chair 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 the path there was just a low depression around the park and it could be overgrown with grass,’’ Mr Walters 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 turn it into a 10km circuit linking Tatura.’’
Some of the other master plan initiatives 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.
The circuit path design was prepared by the Greater Shepparton City Council Projects Department 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.
Students from Tatura Primary School helped the area by planting trees alongside the path as a part of the One Tree Per Child program.