Crown Lands – Department for Environment and Water (DEW) has granted City of Mount Gambier and SA Water joint custodianship of a key land parcel at the Blue Lake. It follows the expiry of a 21-year licence between SA Water and Council for the Crown Land on 31 December 2020.
Council was advised on 29 June 2021 that joint custodianship for the Blue Lake Crown Land Title had been approved with SA Water and City of Mount Gambier named as custodians for recreation, tourism and water supply purposes.
“Now that Council has secured joint tenure over the Blue Lake land parcel, the next steps will include liaison with SA Water to draft an agreement to guide the use, activities and protocols associated with the Blue Lake,” City of Mount Gambier CEO Sarah Philpott said.
“Council recognises that the Blue Lake is the city’s leading tourist attraction, so we intend to develop a shared vision and model to activate the Blue Lake with cultural and tourism opportunities.” – City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin.
“SA Water and City of Mount Gambier will work together to enable a contemporary visitor experience that champions and adds value to the local area, capitalising on its natural beauty, cultural heritage and important operational role in water supply,” SA Water Senior Manager Customer Growth Matt Minagall said.