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Ears looking forward to a great Easter weekend

POSTED: 
24 March 2016

While blue-green algae continues to impact on the Murray River and other waterways in northern Victoria, there are many great family activities to hop into this Easter.

Paddle-steamer cruises, boating, bushwalking and wonderful food and wine experiences can all be enjoyed in Victoria’s north.

Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, said that, while last week’s rain was welcomed it has had a minimal impact on the current algal bloom that stretches from Lake Hume to Murrabit and Racecourse Lake in the Kerang Lakes.

“We expect cooler weather over the Easter long weekend with showers developing in southern Victoria.

Water authorities continue to actively monitor and test sites along the Murray River to identify, as early as possible, any changes to the algal bloom so that we can keep communities and visitors informed.” he said.”

Community Liaison Officers will be out and about this weekend  to answer questions and distribute information.

They will be visiting Cobram Easter River Beach Festival at Federation Park (66 Punt Road, Cobram) on Saturday and the Yarrawonga Foreshore Farmers Market (1 Hunt Street, Yarrawonga) on Easter Sunday.

Visitors are advised not to undertake activities that involve direct skin contact with the water in the affected areas

With duck hunting season underway, hunters to areas in the north of the state are reminded to take precautions and are urged to visit the Game Management Authority’s website for more information.

Visitors to northern Victoria are being encouraged to monitor blue-green algae alerts and public warnings by visiting www.emergency.vic.gov.au/bluegreenalgae