Up­grades for pop­u­lar lake

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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

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