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New Year lock out considered for Greens Lake

Greens Lake near Corop may be shut to campers for next new year following anti-social behaviour incidents.

January 8, 2014 4:39am

Greens Lake, near Corop, may be closed to campers for New Year's Eve 2014 following recent anti-social behaviour incidents.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking involving Kyabram and district residents could result in Greens Lake being closed for camping on New Year’s Eve this year.

Last week a 16-year-old from Kyabram was arrested and charged with intentionally causing serious injury following a glassing incident at the lake on New Year’s Eve.

The teenager has been bailed to appear at a Children’s Court this month.

The previous Saturday, a Tongala man, 24, was charged with assaulting a police officer and driving while unlicensed at the same location.

Police used OC spray to subdue the man before arresting him.

Both arrests were made during undercover police operations at Greens Lake, 7.5km north-east of Corop, which had been initiated following previous reports of anti-social behaviour.

Kyabram police Senior Sergeant Peter Law, who was among 12 police officers who took part in the New Year’s Eve operation, said he was disappointed with the behaviour he witnessed.

‘‘Youths had been dropped off at Greens Lake and left there with no parental supervision,’’ he said.

Police are concerned about the increasing number of young people going to Greens Lake to drink alcohol.

Stanhope police Leading Senior Constable Bob Naismith said there were up to 400 young people camping at the lake on New Year’s Eve and discussions needed to take place to decide what should happen before the next New Year’s Eve.

Sen Const Naismith said most people were well-behaved and overall there had been fewer incidents than the previous year, but the issues caused by a few needed to be addressed.

Sen Sgt Law said a debrief of the operation would be done and police would contact Goulburn-Murray Water, which owns and manages Greens Lake, to discuss solutions or potentially close the lake to campers for New Years Eve this year.

Greens Lake is a natural basin that was converted into a water storage site in 1968. Its facilities include a boat ramp, toilets and picnic area.

G-MW released its draft Greens Lake Land and On-Water Management Plan in November last year and sought public comment on issues including public access, recreation and safe use.

Its proposed long term vision for the facility note it should be ‘‘a scenic recreational escape enjoyed by generations’’.

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