This lot has now been sold and is not available to the public.
The lake seen above is located in a 16 acre (6.5 ha.) allotment (lot 19). Over 3 years the island shown has been visited initially by 80 local primary school children and later by local field naturalists. Both groups planted many local trees,shrubs and grasses. Seedlings and locally collected seed were used. Already the river red gums are about 3 metres (10 feet) tall and yellow box and ironbark eucalypts are about 2 metres (7 feet) high. Propagated from seed the casuarinas are also thriving. On the left of the picture can be seen a local wattle bush in flower while in the foreground are several Cassinia arcuatas, also known as Chinese Scrub. They were called this because in the early gold mining days the region had many Chinese miners and it was found that the cassinias were among the first of the native plants to re-establish themselves on ground which had been dug up for mining. The island is used by many water and other birds and by an occasional black wallaby which swims out to nibble the new vegetation.
The lake has been stocked with hundreds of golden perch and local yabbies. The lake has a shallow section suitable for use, under supervision, by very young children, while it is also suitable for swimming and canoeing by older children.
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Last updated: 28th February 2015