Proposed Yarrie Lake Bore Project
22 June 2018 update
In late 2017 a local fundraising group set about raising funds towards the construction of a bore water supply at Yarrie Lake.
It was suggested by the fundraising group that a bore supply could supplement the water level in Yarrie Lake and extend the timeframe during which Yarrie Lake retained a water level suitable for water skiing and/or other water sports.
The fundraising group suggested it had carried out research, and that the proposed bore project was feasible.
The Yarrie Lake Trust advised the group that in years gone by, the Trust had investigated the idea of a Yarrie Lake Bore but was told by a water irrigation engineer that the project was not feasible due, amongst other things, to the fact that evaporation at the site exceeded 2 metres per year – and that it was logistically impractical to raise the water level with a local bore supply.
Despite this information, the fundraising group continued with its fundraising - based on its own research.
The Yarrie Lake Trust supported the fundraising group on the understanding that the group had done its own proper research. Trust members attended fundraising functions and donated funds to the project.
The fundraising group raised some $80k – a magnificent effort.
The fundraising group then passed the project to the Yarrie Lake Trust in December 2017 – albeit the fundraising group retained the $80k which had been raised.
The Yarrie Lake Trust is a voluntary group of up to 7 Trustees (currently 5 Trustees) – some individual Trustees have given more than 30 years’ voluntary service to the Yarrie Lake Reserve.
Once the Yarrie Lake Trust started looking into the project in January 2018, it found many issues. The Trust then arranged meetings with the local state member of parliament and the Office of Crown Lands – being that the Yarrie Lake Reserve is on Crown Land.
Some of the issues the Trust found were –
1. That there was in fact, no approval for the bore project from Crown Lands.
2. That there was in fact, no approval for the bore project from Dept Water.
3. That adjoining landowners with existing bores were/are raising concern about potential drawdown in their stock and domestic bores if the proposed Yarrie Lake Bore went ahead.
4. That adjoining landowners were/are raising issues of salt water contamination if salty Yarrie Lake overflow water was let run across their land.
5. That recent engineering calculations indicated the evaporation issue was not able to be resolved.
6. That recent hydrogeological survey information indicated there was little likelihood of a suitable bore water supply being able to be found at or near Yarrie Lake.
7. That, even in the unlikely event that a suitable supply could be found, that the pumping costs would be well beyond the capacity of the Trust.
8. That even in the unlikely event that a suitable supply could be found, that the cost of purchasing a water licence was/is well beyond the capacity of the Trust.
9. That the cheapest quote obtained for drilling a test bore was $140k – against available funds of $80k.
10. That the fundraising committee’s own figures suggest the project might cost $350k - $450k.
11. That the Trust has no funds to contribute to the Yarrie Lake Bore Project – being that the Trust relies only on the few dollars it collects in camping and boat fees to cover all its annual costs (cleaning, repairs and maintenance – the Trust pays no wages – all work is done on a voluntary basis).
12. That the fundraising group was suggesting that the area should be turned into a commercial caravan park to be able to obtain tourism grants and/or provide income to pay pumping costs – in circumstances where the Trust is not in favour of the area being a commercial caravan park.
To properly address these (and other) issues, it has now been agreed between the fundraising committee and the Trust that a feasibility study should be undertaken in relation to the project.
The Regional Inland Development Board has indicated it may be able to assist with the funding and completion of the feasibility study.
17 June 2018
Press Release re
Yarrie Lake Proposed Bore
Feasibility Study the next step
The Yarrie Lake Trust has now been advised by the Yarrie Lake Bore Fundraising Committee that the Fundraising Committee has now decided to commission a Feasibility Study to determine whether a bore at Yarrie Lake is feasible.
A spokesperson for the Yarrie Lake Trust said the Feasibility Study idea was supported by the Trust saying ‘there were always going to be many issues which needed to be properly considered before any government approval would be given’.
The costs of the proposed bore project well exceed the funds raised so far in the community – so before any further fundraising is undertaken, or any grants sought, we agree with the fundraising committee that a thorough professional assessment of the proposed project needs to be completed.
It is understood the Feasibility Study will be undertaken through the Regional Inland Development Board.
The Trust spokesperson said all the funds raised so far remain with the fundraising committee – that committee will retain the funds for the foreseeable future.
3 April 2018
Proposed Yarrie Lake Bore – much work to be done before next step
A recent meeting of the Yarrie Lake Reserve Trust has heard that the proposed test bore at Yarrie Lake is still in the process of obtaining the necessary government approvals. A spokesperson for the Trust said that while the public had done a magnificent job in raising a little over $80k for the project, it remained the case that the project needed approvals from a number of government departments before any work could begin.
‘At the moment we are waiting to meet with Office of Water – we are aware that there has been concern raised by locals with stock and domestic bores near Yarrie Lake - concerns regarding the effect a Yarrie Lake bore may have on their own stock and domestic bores – any approval process will need to address their concerns – we are also aware of concerns raised by downstream landowners regarding salt contamination should the proposed bore supply have a high salt content’.
‘The bore project is not simply a case of raise some money and start work – there are many hurdles that need to be overcome – there is no guarantee whatsoever that the proposed bore at Yarrie Lake will receive the various government approvals, or will be feasible – information now available from a hydrogeological survey of the Yarrie Lake area raises significant concerns as to whether a suitable bore supply is available – this hydrogeological information is yet to be considered by the Dept of Water – we don’t know what the Department’s view will be’.
The Trust meeting heard that the public funds raised during the recent fundraising efforts remain with the Collins Park Fundraising Committee and will remain with that organisation for the foreseeable future.
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