Lake Cargelligo is located in the central west of NSW, in a semi-arid environment which receives <400mm of rain annually. The township, with a population of 1300, supports a number of industries and mixed farming enterprises.

It was originally a natural wetland system, filled by flooding flows which traveled across the floodplain from the Lachlan River. It supported a large Aboriginal Community through the presence of substantial waterbird and native fish populations.

Oxley first described Lake Cargelligo in 1817, with settlers making their way to the area in the 1850s. In 1885, landholders built a dam across Lake Creek, near Lake Cargelligo. This was the first attempt to control water in the Lachlan Valley. In 1902, the NSW Government built a weir and regulator to channel water from the Lachlan River into Lake Cargelligo for storage purposes. As Lake Cargelligo is downstream of all major tributaries, the operation of filling and releasing water from this storage has a significant impact on flow in the lower Lachlan and benefits downstream water users.

Today, Lake Cargelligo supports a vibrant community and remains an important refuge for a large variety of wetland plants and animals. It is for these reasons the Lake has been listed as regionally significant and included as a priority within the 
Lachlan Environmental Water Management Plan.

The purpose of the Lake Cargelligo Community Environmental Management Plan is to enhance the environmental, cultural and social values attached to this riverine system. This will be achieved through utilising community knowledge and resources.

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Title Photos: Gus Blacker