Following extensive community engagement and stakeholder discussions, a report about the management of Danjera Dam was presented to Council on Tuesday, 13th November.
It was determined that Council would proceed with undertaking a planning process to seek zoning of the site for appropriate use based on a concept plan which includes limited camping opportunities.
“Funding and commitment from both a Local and State Government level will be required to fully develop the tourism potential of this area,” Mayor Findley said.
“It is proposed that Council needs to take steps to manage its land holdings in the short and medium term and look to the State Government as a major stakeholder and land owner to lead the development of a management plan for the Crown Land that could complement the Council’s proposals.”
“Public safety is also a primary concern for Council and as a result, a number of triggers have been established which will result in the closure of the camping ground at times when the area is considered to be unsafe.”
“These triggers include closing the grounds in periods of “severe” fire danger levels and when the when the dam level is 4 metres below top water level.”
“It is proposed to continue to provide ranger and other security resources to enforce “no camping” areas and to monitor anti-social behaviour as well as install CCTV cameras and warning advice at appropriate spots”
“Council will also classify the land owned by Council as a 24-hour “Alcohol Prohibited Area”
The Council owned land at Danjera is surrounded by Crown Land and National Park. It is imperative that the State Government develops a management plan for their land
“Council will also be writing to the State Government to request that they also develop a management plan for the Crown land in this area, including the disused mine areas.”
“We will be requesting funding to support this work and also ask for resources to be allocated to the National Parks and Wildlife Service to also undertake work on their land.”
Further information can be found within the report to Council’s Ordinary Meeting on Council’s website.