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Signs point to safer lake

By McIvor Times

VISITORS to Lake Eppalock are now safer in the event of a fire, accident or medical emergency thanks to a network of emergency markers installed in strategic locations around the lake’s perimeter.

The emergency marker project has been completed in time for the influx of thousands of summer visitors who swim, boat and fish in one of Australia’s most popular inland lakes.

The markers, installed by Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) and funded by Transport for Victoria’s Boating Safety & Facilities Program, resemble large street signs with white text on a green background. Each has a unique alphanumeric code made up of three letters and three numbers.

In an emergency, 000 callers can quote the code, which is linked to the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) database — specifying the location of the incident, GPS coordinates, best road access route and navigational data — so emergency services can respond as quickly as possible.

The markers have been installed at 27 sites chosen for maximum coverage of the lake, particularly for those on a boat. Locations include Lake Eppalock’s public boat ramps, commercial caravan park ramps and the lake perimeter, and visitors are encouraged to take note of the nearest code while on or around the lake.

These marker locations are also included on GMWs Interactive Water Level Mapping tool for Lake Eppalock, which can be found at www.gmwater.com.au/recreation-tourism/interactive-water-level-mapping

Victoria has 175 locations served by the emergency marker program, with efforts focused on several shared user trails and pathways. More information about ESTA emergency markers can be found at https://www.esta.vic.gov.au/emergency-markers