Lake path proposed to link communities

PLANS: Andrew Beale, right, discussed a proposed walking track around part of Lake Colac at Colac Otway Sustainability Group’s annual meeting. He is pictured with Colac Otway Sustainability Group’s president Tony Brown.

PLANS: Andrew Beale, right, discussed a proposed walking track around part of Lake Colac at Colac Otway Sustainability Group’s annual meeting. He is pictured with Colac Otway Sustainability Group’s president Tony Brown.

A lakeside walking track linking Colac and Cororooke could attract visitors and give people new insights into the lake, a district farmer says.

Cororooke resident Andrew Beale has proposed a 22-kilometre walking track around a western section of Lake Colac, which will link the two towns and allow walkers to enjoy nature and wildlife.

Mr Beale submitted the plan to Colac Otway Shire Council and said the walking and riding track would create an easy-to-access attraction at Lake Colac.

He shared his plan for the track at Colac Otway Sustainability Group’s annual meeting.

“The idea of the track is to give people the experience of walking at least one section of the lake,” Mr Beale said.

“It takes people into an area that has a well-established native plantation and wildlife park area from the Drakes Lagoon end of the lake.

“This walking track will go out as far as Ryans Lane around the lake and then continue up Ryans Lane and get back onto the existing Cororooke-Coragulac walking track.

“And from there once you were down in Cororooke it would then take the old railway line through private property, to Rowan’s Lane and then onto Sheehans Road and Delaneys Road and across a couple of unused roads, Sonnett Road and a lane, which bring you back down to the Colac lake.”

Mr Beale said the track would be easily accessible for the community and took people “straight into the beauty of the Colac lake”.

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