Enjoying Yatco wetland
Economic, social and cultural features and values
(From Section 2.7 of the Wetland Management Plan)
2.7.1 Importance of Yatco Lagoon to the Moorook community
The township of Moorook sits with Yatco Lagoon on its doorstep. The lagoon is the first thing people see when they enter the town, and the last thing they see when they leave. It is these first and last impressions that count. An unhealthy lagoon, as it is at present, really detracts from possible tourism potential and also for the area to be viewed by visitors as a viable horticultural area (in terms of the environment and quality produce). A healthy wetland should allow Moorook to promote itself as a place where “clean and green” fruit is produced (Based on comments from Sheridan Alm, July 2007).
To the locals, and those that visit, Yatco Lagoon also offers a large body of water to relax by and a safe, shallow place for toddlers to paddle in and enjoy.
In addition, the Vision for this plan (see Section 1.3) and three of the management objectives - see below - indicate the aspirations that the Yatco community have in relation to this site, and its importance to them.
Management objectives (from section 1.4):
6) Improve the aesthetic value of the area to encourage the use of Yatco lagoon for sustainable recreation activities by the local community and visitors.
Yatco lagoon is a place where visitors and the local community can relax
Celebrations such as that held for World Wetlands Day - see below - show the recreational values of having a healthy wetland.
Tourism associated with Yatco lagoon
(From Section 2.7.4 of the Wetland Management Plan)
The entry to Yatco Lagoon at Moorook offers a grassed picnic and bar-b-que area shaded by large Black box trees, easy entrance to the river for skiing, and also a mooring area for houseboats.
The Yatco Holiday Cabins (see below) have been in existence for approximately 20 years. They are used by holiday makers for various reasons including: fishing, yabbying, canoeing, boating and safe swimming for small children. One of the main reasons for the return of cabin users is the quiete-ness and tranquility of the lagoon and its surrounding areas. The abundance of birdlife is also a draw card.
About the Yatco cabins - "Come and enjoy the peace and serenity of the Yatco Lagoon and Murray River. The two self contained cabins accommodate six people in quiet seclusion. For your convenience, the amenities include air-conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, colour TV, gas BBQ, and all linen including doonas and towels. Spend your time revelling in the beauty of Seven Mile Reach with its fishing, canoeing, boating and bird-watching opportunities. Being at the geographical centre of the Riverland, you can plan day trips to all the wonders the Riverland and Mallee districts have to offer; explore interesting and historical features, excellent golf courses and bowling greens, and taste the foods and wines that make the Riverland unique." For further details contact: ??