Plan to help keep it cool at the res

Campbells Creek resident Viktorija Strazdauskaite and Brad Gaudrey, visiting from Fitzroy, were among those taking time to chill at Expedition Pass Res when the mercury rose last week. A public information session will be held on site next week as the council seeks community feedback to a plan aimed at improving safety there. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

As the weather heats up so does activity at Expedition Pass Reservoir.
When the mercury heads north, many locals head out to the classic swimming spot off Chewton’s Golden Point Road to cool down.
But amid ongoing concerns, particularly around res-side traffic egress and parking, Mount Alexander Shire Council is now inviting public feedback to help improve safety at the res.
Ahead of an onsite public information session set for next Wednesday longtime local landholder John Ellis told the Mail about just a few of the concerns that have been raised.
“It’s a heritage dam that’s pretty fragile,” says John, a keen member of the area’s Golden Point Landcare group that keeps an ever-watchful eye on the health of the reservoir and its bushland surrounds.
“The parking situation’s been able to get totally out of control over the years. It’s a shocker really,” John says.
He also names dogs being allowed to run around there off-leash despite this being prohibited, trail bikes being ridden along the dam wall and all-too frequently off track damaging the ecology, and even a reported build-up of sunscreen pollution in the water over summer among issues. Read more in today’s Mail…