Tallangatta Lake Community Action Group to gauge support for Narrows project

BIG PLANS: The dream of being a lakeside town with stable water levels has existed since before Tallangatta moved in 1956.
BIG PLANS: The dream of being a lakeside town with stable water levels has existed since before Tallangatta moved in 1956.

Tallangatta residents are being asked their opinion of a long-mooted water project the Victorian government rejected last year.

It would bring prosperity to the town and keep businesses thriving, create employment and develop a region.

Garry Johnson

Letters being posted out by the Tallangatta Lake Community Action Group aim to gauge support for the Narrows project, a proposal for a Lake Hume dam wall about three kilometres west of Tallangatta.

Action group chairman Garry Johnson said a steering committee voted last August that the scheme would not proceed, a decision later confirmed by Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford.

But the action group would still advocate for a new weir if the community wished.

“It’s a bit of a no-brainer for people that live in the area, who have grown up here and seen how the town thrives when there is abundant water in the area,” Mr Johnson said.

“Tallangatta would be a destination, it would bring prosperity to the town and keep businesses thriving, create employment and develop a region.”

The chairman encouraged people to respond to the letter to show the government how much the community wanted the project to go ahead.

Towong Council helped the action group compile and post out the poll.

Mayor Aaron Scales said people should take the opportunity to have their say.

“Council were very disappointed with the decision of the steering group to not progress to the next stage of the Narrows project so we’re supportive of Tallangatta Lake Action Group,” Cr Scales said.

“We think it’s a vital project for Tallangatta and we’d really like to see it go ahead.

“We’ll take on board any feedback that comes back from the community, as will the action group.”

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