Part 2 – Lake Mul­wala Fore­shore rec­ol­lec­tions by John Grant, 26/2/1999 The Grove Pic­tures-Alexan­dra Park Club

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This or­gan­i­sa­tion has been very sup­port­ive in the de­vel­op­ment of the fore­shore, right from the very out­set.

Dur­ing 1938, in or­der to as­sist in clear­ing tim­ber on the fu­ture site of Lake Mul­wala, the trustees en­gaged the ser­vices of two pro­fes­sional ax­e­men, at a cost of 10 pound per week. They also re­solved that, as from 1st March 1938, a sum of 5 pound per week be placed into a sep­a­rate ac­count, with the ob­ject of ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 500 pounds to­wards the cost of es­tab­lish­ing a swim­ming baths at the fore­shore. Dur­ing the early months of 1939 con­sid­er­able fi­nance was pro­vided to­wards clear­ing the lake area as time was run­ning out.

The Grove Pic­tures continued to sup­port the fore­shore projects and in March 1944 the Trustees pur­chased a block of land from Mr Tom Han­ra­han, for the sum of 200 pounds and handed this block to the Yar­ra­wonga Shire, for in­clu­sion in the fore­shore area. In Novem­ber 1944, the Trustees pro­vided a sum of 350 pounds to the Shire of Yar­ra­wonga for the pur­pose of buy­ing Se­cholds’ prop­erty, which is lo­cated on the east side of the Yacht Club build­ing and this also be­came part of the fore­shore. This was fol­lowed by a fur­ther do­na­tion of 75 pounds to­wards the cost of a re­tain­ing wall at the fore­shore.

In Novem­ber 1945, a do­na­tion of 250 pounds was given to the Fore­shore Com­mit­tee to­gether with an of­fer to re­peat this sum for the next three years pro­vid­ing the Com­mit­tee would match this amount. It was also re­solved that the amount of 500 pounds be set aside for a swim­ming pool be handed over to the Com­mit­tee.

In 1951 the Trustees again re­solved to of­fer the Fore­shore Com­mit­tee 250 pounds per year for the next three years, pro­vid­ing they matched this amount by ob­tain­ing Govern­ment grants. In June 1951, a do­na­tion was made to­wards the im­prove­ment and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Mul­wala Recre­ation Re­serve, and a fur­ther 100 pounds was of­fered to the Coreen Shire to­wards the im­prove­ment of the fore­shore area between the Traffic Bridge, and King and Jones Sawmill, pro­vid­ing they could ob­tain a match­ing Govern­ment grant. In 1953 a do­na­tion was made to the Mul­wala Swim- ming Club to en­able them to ren­o­vate and im­prove their pool.

Of more re­cent times Alexan­dra Park Club Ltd. has do­nated the sum of $3,200 to the Friends of Chi­na­mans’ Is­land to­wards the en­hance­ment of that area of the fore­shore and $2000 to­wards the new walk­way at the Yar­ra­wonga fore­shore. They also do­nated $2000 to the Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala Ro­tary Club to­wards the cost of con­struct­ing a Ro­tunda and BBQ area on the Mul­wala fore­shore.

From the fore­go­ing, it will be read­ily ap­pre­ci­ated that our or­gan­i­sa­tion has played an im­por­tant role in sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Lake Mul­wala’s Fore­shore. Many of these do­na­tions at­tracted match­ing Govern­ment grants, so that in terms of ac­tual ben­e­fit the amount of money in­volved would be very sub­stan­tial.

We re­main com­mit­ted to the be­lief that our Lake and Fore­shore are vi­tal to the on­go­ing pros­per­ity of our area, and to its ev­er­in­creas­ing ap­peal as a tourist re­sort. In ad­di­tion, these price­less as­sets are in­stru­men­tal in plac­ing Yar­ra­wonga and Mul­wala very high on the list as a re­tire­ment haven, re­sult­ing in a sub­stan­tial in­crease in the num­ber of our per­ma­nent res­i­dents.

The Grove Pic­tures trustees.

Wel­come to the Open Air Theatre. Pho­tos cour­tesy the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Pi­o­neer Mu­seum.

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