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Thursday, 29 March 2018

FORESHORE UPGRADE TO BENEFIT VISITORS TO LAKE EPPALOCK

A range of new recreation facilities are being delivered for Central Victoria’s Lake Eppalock, near Bendigo, that will enhance the visitor experience at the popular destination.

Works are due to begin on the Kimbolton Foreshore Rejuvenation Project in April 2018 and will focus on upgrading the popular lakeside area on Lake Eppalock’s western shores.

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering $600,000 for this package of recreational initiatives at Lake Eppalock that includes replacement of the public toilet block and installation of new picnic facilities, signs and landscaping.

The project is a joint initiative between Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW), the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

 

The project also includes the recent construction of solar lighting at the lake area, upgrades to Kimbolton carpark and boat ramp, installation of pre-launch preparation zones for vessels, new recycled plastic bollards and improved signs.

 

The Andrews Labor Government’s acknowledges the recreational values of our water resources and the need to consider these in how we manage water.

 

Government agencies have been collaborating closely with community groups to drive more water-based recreational outcomes across Victoria, such as those seen recently at Eppalock.

 

New legislation is now being introduced to enshrine recreational water values into law for the first time across Victoria. These reforms will recognise how essential waterways such as Lake Eppalock are to the health and wellbeing of communities in Victoria – attracting valuable tourism and boosting local business and jobs in the region.

 

The package of work at Eppalock also includes $100,000 from the Victorian Fisheries Authority as part of the Better Fishing Facilities Fund. This is part of the Government’s Target One Million plan to get more Victorians fishing, more often.

 

GMW manages the daily operation of Lake Eppalock, which was built in 1964 to supply water for irrigation. Over time, the lake has become one of the most popular recreational inland waterways in Victoria and is an ideal location for water skiing, fishing, boating and swimming.

 

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“The Andrews Labor Government recognises that waterways such as Lake Eppalock are fundamental to the health, prosperity and social fabric of our Bendigo and surrounding communities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“These works not only significantly improve recreational facilities for local communities, they help to attract visitors from around the state and support regional development around Bendigo.”

 

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