This setting type interacts very strongly with the Ninety Mile Beach setting type. The geology consists mainly of marine and alluvium sediments and aeolian (wind blown) sands.
This lakes system is a sand-barriered lagoon fed by the Mitchell, Macalister, Thomson, Avon, Nicholson, Latrobe and Tambo Rivers. The inland lakes are protected by the foredunes of the Ninety Mile Beach. Urban areas include Metung and Paynesville with Sale and Bairnsdale connected to the lakes system by the Latrobe and Mitchell Rivers respectively.
The lakes and dunes are very scenic and more extensive than any other inland system in Victoria. Many parts of it are vulnerable, such as the Boole Poole Peninsula where urban development poses difficulties for protection of its high landscape value. The lakes have abundant bird life and possess a calm and tranquil coastline in contrast to the high energy wind swept ocean beach adjoining its southern edge.
Generally, the setting type is well vegetated with a variety of native plants intermixed with pasture lands. Most development tends to occur in the hinterland of rivers that feed the lakes or at key topographical features such as at Paynesville. The Gippsland Lakes is a unique landscape of considerable beauty which is best experienced not only from the major activity nodes, but from the water.
- Maintain fringing vegetation around the lakes edge.
- Concentrate development within existing urban areas.
- Review height controls of structures, to ensure that higher structures occur only in established townships.
- Appropriate planning controls are necessary to direct development to suitable areas.
- Building heights need to be carefully managed in the Lakes viewshed.
- This area is of outstanding scenic quality and requires special landscape protection.
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