Aireys Inlet reservoir to be open to the public

Painkalac Reservoir near Aireys Inlet will be opened to the public for walking, riding, bird watching and recreational fishing.

The reservoir will be taken out of service when the townships of Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven are connected to the Geelong supply system via a pipeline from Anglesea. The changeover is expected later this year.

Barwon Water established a community and agency group to discuss possible future uses of the reservoir and recently endorsed the group’s recommendation.

The site will feature a shared-use track on either side of the reservoir for walking, horse riding and bicycle riding, plus picnic facilities and educational signage at key locations.

The reservoir will be maintained to ensure its ongoing safety and environmental flows to Painkalac Creek.

Work on the $6.6 million Aireys Inlet / Fairhaven water supply system upgrade is well underway, with the 11-kilometre pipeline and pumping station upgrade complete and work on-track for completion in mid-2016.


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