Up­grades for Bu­loke lakes

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Authoritie­s an­tic­i­pate more visi­tors will en­joy the out­doors in Bu­loke Shire af­ter a ma­jor up­grade of camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties at three of the re­gion’s lakes.

Mem­ber for Mallee Anne Web­ster said Wooroonook, Tchum and Watchem lakes, which at­tract up to 2000 visi­tors and campers dur­ing peak sea­son, now had ad­di­tional show­ers, toi­lets and car park­ing.

“The lakes now of­fer im­proved walk­ing trails, each with de­tailed signs on lo­cal his­tory and the en­vi­ron­ment as well as each area’s dis­tinct Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage that makes this land so spe­cial,” she said.

“With a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing swim­ming, boat­ing, wind­surf­ing, fish­ing, wa­ter ski­ing and walk­ing, there is plenty for peo­ple to do when they come and visit this mag­i­cal part of Vic­to­ria.”

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­fra­struc­ture, Transport and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Michael Mccor­mack said a $735,000 Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment in the up­grades had pro­vided com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture while sup­port­ing the ru­ral area’s eco­nomic fu­ture.

“This pro­ject sup­ported five con­struc­tion jobs, cre­ates four on­go­ing roles, and gives an im­me­di­ate eco­nomic stim­u­lus to the re­gion,” he said.

“Mak­ing the re­gion more at­trac­tive to visit and stay in is vi­tal to boost­ing the lo­cal tourism sec­tor, get­ting more visi­tors to stay and sup­port­ing lo­cal farm­ers and busi­nesses dur­ing this harsh drought.”

Bu­loke mayor Carolyn Ste­wart said the up­grades were wel­come ad­di­tions to the lakes.

“Our lakes are vi­tal to our com­mu­ni­ties in pro­vid­ing for both recre­ational pur­suits and so­cial con­nect­ed­ness,” she said.

“They are pop­u­lar with tourists, draw­ing many new and re­turn­ing visi­tors each year.”

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