Members of the public are being reminded that Greens Lake at Corop will be closed again on New Year’s Eve for the fourth year in a row.
Goulburn-Murray Water’s customer operations general manager Scott Barber said the lake would be closed at the request of the region’s emergency services.
‘‘This is not a decision that has been made lightly, but the concerns raised with us by local emergency services and community members cannot be ignored,’’ Mr Barber said.
Local emergency services initially approached G-MW in 2014 asking the water corporation to close Greens Lake.
Police were concerned a tragedy could occur after detecting underage drinking, an unlicensed bar and serious assaults occurring at the lake and its surrounds.
Country Fire Authority representatives also raised concerns about illegal fireworks being set off during the peak fire season.
Stanhope police Leading Senior Constable Bob Naismith said police and the CFA made the call to close Greens Lake based on public safety concerns.
‘‘This is about saving lives,’’ Ldg Sen Const Naismith said.
CFA District 20 operations manager John Cutting said illegal fireworks not only posed a serious risk to lives, they could also start significant fires.
■Greens Lake will be closed from noon on Friday, December 29 until noon on Monday, January 1.