State Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced improvements and new visitor facilities at Barmah Lakes Campground and Day Visitor Area in Barmah National Park and Masters Landing on Gunbower Island in the Murray River Reserve.


During the visit, Ms Symes also launched new signage along the Heritage River Trail in Gunbower.


Ms Symes said the new facilities at Barmah Lakes included a new concrete boat ramp, new toilet facilities, a picnic shelter and tables, fencing to improve safety around large red gums, access track improvements and signage.


Ms Symes said at Masters Landing, an all accessible toilet, improved campground and day visitor access and picnic tables had been installed.


“From Aboriginal history to European settlement, the Heritage River Trail in Gunbower gives people a wonderful insight into the rich history of Gunbower and surrounds including trade along the river and the lives of those who lived and worked here,” Ms Symes said.


“Sites along the trail now have signage that detailing the stories of the past including the sawmill, Cohuna pumping station, Gunbower Island School, the Gunbower Racing Club, which have been beautifully presented and illustrated.”


Ms Symes congratulated the Gunbower and District Development Group and all involved in developing new interpretative signage along the Heritage River Trail in Gunbower.


“We are lucky to have such beautiful natural surrounds in our region and places such as Barmah Lakes and Masters Landing are popular places for visitors and locals to spend time relaxing outdoors,” Ms Symes said.


“These upgrades will help people to enjoy their visit even more and are part of a larger project to improve facilities in River Red Gum parks across the state.


“We know that spending time in nature has proven benefits for people’s mental, social and physical health and wellbeing.


“This highlights the importance of investing in projects that help people enjoy parks and gain the full benefits of spending time in nature.


“I encourage people to come and make the most of these fantastic new attractions and facilities in our parks and discover the fascinating history of our region.