Camp solution talks
CLOSURE of Tarnagulla Recreation Reserve campground has been avoided after latest talks between the State Government, Loddon Shire and the reserve’s committee.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning regional manager land and built environment Adam Melis confirmed camping would be allowed after April 19.
“The organisations have worked together to reach a medium-term solution so camping can continue at the reserve with access to toilets only, not showers, from April 19,” he said
“The toilet septic system will continue to be pumped regularly to ensure proper and safe operation of the toilet block.
“DELWP continues to work with Loddon Shire Council and the Tarnagulla Recreation Parks Committee of Management Incorporated to explore solutions to an issue with the Tarnagulla Recreation Reserve’s septic system.”
DELWP has provided some funding to the volunteer committee to regularly empty the the septic tank throughout the school holidays.
The historic reserve campground was to have closed after Loddon Shire was required to issue a closure notice due to overflowing effluent.
The original closure date was extended a week to include school holidays and further talks were held late last week.
Those talks have starting investigations for longer-term solutions.
The Loddon Herald has been told that any upgrading of facilities at the reserve will require a cap of 23 camp sites.
The reserve committee is investigating co-funding options that can be put to the State Government.