Upgrades for popular lake
Lake Charlegrark has received a $200,000 State Government boost for upgrades to improve the popular West Wimmera destination for locals, tourists and visitors.
Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford said upgrades would include repairs to the jetty, construction of an all-abilities amenities block with showers, toilets and a laundry, and installation of three-phase power, new barbecues and seating.
She said the upgraded facilities were expected to increase visitation by more than 6000 people over 10 years, which would create six new full-time jobs.
The project will also benefit from a number of events staged at the lake, including the renowned Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon, which celebrated its 27th event last month, attracting thousands of visitors.
West Wimmera Shire fast tracked the delivery of power upgrades so the festival could proceed unaffected.
The next stage of the project involves demolishing the old amenities block.
“Lake Charlegrark’s Country Music Marathon is well known across the region and the improved infrastructure will help the event continue to raise funds for local charities while building community spirit across the Wimmera,” Ms Pulford said.
“Lake Charlegrark is one of the West Wimmera’s most popular tourism hotspots.
“From camping, canoeing, water skiing and fishing – there is something for everyone.
“We’re proud to invest in these crucial upgrades at Lake Charlegrark so even more visitors and locals can enjoy all the Wimmera has to offer.”
Ms Pulford said the project was forecast to increase Gross Regional Product by $850,000, which would create significant opportunities in a region with a population of about 4000 people.
The lake’s central position within the shire makes it a popular meeting point for residents.
The project will improve the space for socialising and physical activity, which contributes to community wellbeing.
West Wimmera Shire is delivering the $789,000 project with funding support from a range of community groups and the Federal Government.
“Lake Charlegrark is one of the West Wimmera’s most popular tourism hotspots” – Jaala Pulford