Lake open­ing close: Mur­ray

South Western Times - - News - Michael Philipps

SOUTH West Na­tion­als MLC Colin Holt has ac­cused Col­lie-Pre­ston MLA Mick Mur­ray of fail­ing to live up to an elec­tion prom­ise to have Lake Kep­wari open to the pub­lic by Septem­ber.

Mr Holt said the peo­ple of Col­lie were frus­trated that de­spite La­bor’s elec­tion prom­ise, Lake Kep­wari was still locked up and there was no start­ing date for work to the lake’s sur­rounds.

“On be­half of La­bor, Mick Mur­ray made a pub­lic prom­ise to open Lake Kep­wari and have the pub­lic ameni­ties, roads and boat­ing fa­cil­i­ties built by Septem­ber 2017, but when I vis­ited re­cently the bar­ri­cades and barbed wire were still in place and I was left high and dry,” he said.

How­ever, Mr Mur­ray yes­ter­day as­sured the Col­lie com­mu­nity the promised open­ing of Lake Kep­wari was not far away.

“Lake Kep­wari is close to open­ing and the peo­ple of Col­lie can be con­fi­dent that they will be ski­ing on the lake by the time the weather has prop­erly warmed up,” he said.

“I am meet­ing again with the Min­is­ter and his staff next week who are de­liv­er­ing this com­mit­ment to make sure the open­ing is pro­gress­ing as fast as pos­si­ble.

“Once open, Lake Kep­wari will pro­vide an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion for the pub­lic for recre­ational wa­ter sports.”

The re­de­vel­op­ment of Lake Kep­wari as a wa­ter sports and tourism hub was al­lo­cated $3 mil­lion in the State Bud­get.

Mr Mur­ray said the de­lay was due to the ab­sence of any work done by the pre­vi­ous Coali­tion State gov­ern­ment and the fi­nal re­ports on the site’s con­di­tion be­ing in­com­plete from the pri­vate lease­holder.

This has de­layed the for­fei­ture of the lease to the State Gov­ern­ment.

Ed­i­to­rial and Patterson, page 11

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