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Valley Lake and Potters Point reopen

Valley Lake and Potters Point reopen
25 February 2022

The Valley Lake boat ramp is open for recreational use.
Valley Lake
The Valley Lake boat ramp is open for recreational use.

City of Mount Gambier reopened Potters Point and the Valley Lake for recreational use from Friday 25 February 2022 following a fire that burned 50 hectares of grass and scrub in the Crater Lakes precinct last month.

Ongoing damage and risk assessments in the area are informing the phased reopening process.

The Valley Lake boat ramp is open for public use in time for the last weekend of the summer season.

“We have assessed the lake and it is safe for recreational activities to resume,” City of Mount Gambier Crater Lakes Fire Incident Controller Barbara Cernovskis said.

“Valley Lake Water quality testing continues, and an additional flag has been placed on the monitoring float for safety purposes. If you’re planning on using the lake for boating activities, please keep away from the float.”

Potters Point, Davison Drive, the Valley Lake, conservation area, playground and picnic areas, Freemans Landing, Marist Park oval, the saddle including walking/bike trails and the Leg of Mutton have been reopened for public use following the Crater Lakes fire. Assessment continues and other areas of the precinct will be reopened to the public once they are deemed safe.
Crater Lakes re-opening map - updated 25 02 22
Potters Point, Davison Drive, the Valley Lake, conservation area, playground and picnic areas, Freemans Landing, Marist Park oval, the saddle including walking/bike trails and the Leg of Mutton have been reopened for public use following the Crater Lakes fire. Assessment continues and other areas of the precinct will be reopened to the public once they are deemed safe.

Potters Point lookout and the Marist mainline mountain bike trail that leads to Marist Park and the Oaks area has also reopened.

“Temporary fencing has been erected in the area to keep people out of trail links that lead into Brownes Lake which is still considered to be too dangerous to enter.”

“Please adhere to the barriers as they are there to protect your safety.”

Areas surrounding Potters Point have been fenced off for public safety. Please respect the signage and keep out of these areas.
Closures in vicinity of Potters Point
Areas surrounding Potters Point have been fenced off for public safety. Please respect the signage and keep out of these areas.
Madzos mountain bike trail remains closed.
Madzos Mountain Bike Trail Closed
Madzos mountain bike trail remains closed.

Brownes Lake, the Bluegum Trail, Centenary Tower, the back section of Carinya Gardens Cemetery, and Crater Lakes walking/bike trails connected to these areas remain closed as the assessment process continues.

“Brownes Lake, Centenary Tower and the pines area are expected to remain closed for some time.”

An independent arborist and engineers will continue to undertake additional assessment work in the area surrounding Brownes Lake and Centenary Tower in the coming weeks.

“Drones will be used to assess the slope and stability of the crater and we will need to monitor how it changes over time. We’ll also be assessing the impact of recent rains and if any land slippage occurred.”

“Council will also assess the Brownes Lake grassed area to make sure that is safe for mowing."

The fire was first reported at about 2:30am on 25 January 2022 after flames were seen near Centenary Tower. It was contained by emergency services on Wednesday 26 January 2022 and the Crater Lakes precinct was returned to the care and control of Council on Thursday 27 January 2022.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Media and Communications Coordinator Sharny McLean on 0413 798 327 or smclean@mountgambier.sa.gov.au