A SMALL group of 15 nature enthusiasts joined Wellington Shire Council Manager Natural Environment and Parks Tim Rowe for a guided walk around Lake Guyatt in Sale to learn about the history and future plans for the area.
The tour began at the Nakunbalook Environmental & Cultural Education Centre, a new facility that is the subject to this week’s celebration.
The first stop was between Lake Guthridge and Lake Guyatt to talk about the flow of water.
Next stop was the John Leslie environmental play space, which used to be a road on a precinct near the summer walk.
At Flooding Creek, Mr Rowe spoke about Integrated Water Management to improve the health of the systems.
The last stop looked at the cultural art trail and the efforts to connect kids with nature by having students and families working together to plant the trees seen at Lake Guthridge.
Mr Rowe said the tour was just one of the free events this week to celebrate the opening of the Nakunbalook Environmental & Cultural Centre, which officially took place yesterday morning.
“(This week) is all about engaging people in the natural environment,” he said.
“I think the last 20 years, council has worked diligently to deliver the Lakes Guthridge, Guyatt & Environs Management Plan.
“We’ve done a huge amount improving the Lake Guthridge/Guyatt precinct, including the Sale Botanic Gardens. Nakunbalook is the culmination in many ways of that work.”
The centre is a joint project between Wellington Shire Council and Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), providing a facility to host events and learning programs focussed on sustainability and culture, located on the banks of Lakes Guthridge and Guyatt.