Lake Mulwala lights up

Safety on Lake Mulwala is being improved with the installation of state-of-the-art navigation buoys and lights.

Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay, said the safety improvements totalling $180,000 were the biggest ever single investment in navigational upgrades in the Murray area.

A system of 71 buoys, 56 with remote-controlled, solar-powered LED lights will mark the Murray River channel within the lake.

“The ongoing drought has resulted in falling water levels and an increase in submerged hazards in the lake,” said McLeay.

“There has also been an increase in use of the lake at night, and this rise will continue with ongoing development of the Victorian foreshore areas.”

“In response to these changes, we reviewed the safe navigation marking system which has been there for more than 15 years.”

“In consultation with the Lake Mulwala Safe Boating Committee and in partnership with Australian Maritime Systems Limited, NSW Maritime has developed a new plan for the lake.”

The safety plan for the lake includes installing navigation aids, including lights, in the deeper main river course and the removal of established cross channels.

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Pic: Simon Dallinger Photography

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