Finding wrecks’ true treasure
The wrecks of old paddle steamers and barges on the muddy floor of Lake Mulwala remain a mystery but a new effort to find out more about them could unlock a great tourism attraction treasure.
That’s why the staff at Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism and Business (YMTB) are on a mission to find more about them and reveal their mysterious past.
“We are currently working on creating a number of heritage tours in the Yarrawonga Mulwala region starting with the wrecks,” YMTB Executive Officer Noel Wright told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“YMTB intends documenting the informa- tion to enable us to create an accurate and informative tour to encourage visitations to Yarrawonga Mulwala.
“The creation of this type of ‘tourism product’ will result in increased visitations and an increase in the length of those visitations.
“We have an independent expert and a few of his friends coming to assess and survey the wrecks this weekend and we are appealing to the general public for more information.”
Mr Wright said they have already identified four wrecks on the bottom of Lake Mulwala. Two just off Miss Ross Hill in Mulwala and the PS Pilot and Federal Barge 300 meters east of the current bridge on the NSW side of the river channel (currently still underwater).
Mr Wright said the wreck about 15 meters off the Miss Ross Hill carpark is believed to be Halburds Punt and the other about 60 meters off the Miss Ross Hill carpark is the Rita, which has been cross-referenced and confirmed by Allan Wright along with Robbie and Fraser Knowles.
“We will also be looking into the submerged fencing just off the Yarrawonga lake pool which is out of the water now.
“We have received advice of an unidentified wreck at the 1957 km mark about 30km downstream of the Murray River toward Cobram.”
Mr Wright said the ‘Australien’, believed to be the last working paddle steamer in Yarrawonga Mulwala remains on a private prop- erty in Echuca. The boat was left abandoned on the banks of Lake Mulwala at the old saw mill location adjacent to the Mulwala Ski Club for many years before it was salvaged and sold off by a private consortium in 1989.
“We are looking for public assistance to provide any additional wrecks that people may be aware of.”
Mr Wright said if anybody is are aware of any wrecks or information about the wrecks they can contact the YMTB information centre on 5744 1989 or email email@example.com., ideally before this Thursday, July 12 so relevant survey work can be done while independent experts are in town.
This unidentified wreck about 60 meters off the Miss Ross Hill carpark is believed to be the Rita, which has been cross-referenced and confirmed by Allan Wright (pictured) along with Robbie and Fraser Knowles.
This wreck about 15 meters off the Miss Ross Hill carpark is believed to be Halburds Punt.