Lake haven takes on life of its own

More than turtles: School services officer Chris Jackson introduced one of the yabbies that calls Milang's turtle shed home.
More than turtles: School services officer Chris Jackson introduced one of the yabbies that calls Milang's turtle shed home.

MILANG’S turtle shed has become a focal point for education about the species that live in the River Murray and Lower Lakes.

Between 2008 and 2010 the children of the Eastern Fleurieu School’s Milang campus saved around 3000 turtles from tubeworms and other conditions that had threatened to wipe them out.

The shed that was the scene of their hard work has since become home to a menagerie of lake life.

Students can peer into glass tanks and round pools and see yabbies, crayfish, Murray cod, gudgeons, catfish, silver perch, mosquito fish and even the dreaded carp.

Nine turtles - those that could not be released due to injury or domestication - remain in an enclosure next door.

The entire project is funded by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority donations from local service clubs and the proceeds from the sale of souvenirs.

School services officer Chris Jackson said more and more school and community groups had visited to learn about the Lower Lakes

“We hope we’ve taken it out to a lot of people, how serious it is to have a healthy river,” she said.

The end of water restrictions has brought new challenges.

“You just have to hope people don’t go back to the way they over-allocated the water and over-used the water,” she said.

“We managed the water restrictions the way they were - let’s just keep it like that.

“We may have some situation where we don’t have decent rain for eight years.

- Details: Groups interested in touring the shed on weekdays or weekends can call the Eastern Fleurieu School on 8537 0223.