The Andrews Labor Government today announced funding to improve visitor facilities and recreation at Lake Eildon as part of a new initiative to improve Victoria’s waterways.

Labor Upper House ouse HouMember for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, joined by Labor candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan, announced the $395,000 project to upgrade public recreational facilities at the Lake in partnership with Victoria Fisheries Authority and funding from community groups.

The project includes upgrades to three recreational areas at Lake Eildon: Alliance Public Boat Ramp, Hutchinson Road Public Boat Ramp Reserve and Jerusalem Creek Public Boat Ramp Reserve.

The project will be delivered by Goulburn Murray Water in partnership with the Alliance Boat Ramp Committee of Management who are also contributing to the project and construction supervision by the Murrindindi Shire.

The boat ramp access at the Alliance Public Boat Ramp will be improved by extending single lane boat ramp into dual lane.

The Hutchinson’s Road public boat ramp reserve will receive upgraded toilets, improved vehicle and boat trailer parking and visitor facilities such as BBQs and picnic shelters.

And the Jerusalem Creek public boat ramp reserve project will replace outdated public amenities, including all abilities access.

This funding follows the recent visit from Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford where she announced $500,000 to expand the local houseboat manufacturing industry and creating 20 new jobs.

“This investment will bring about improvements to Lake Eildon and ensure that it is accessible and can be enjoyed as a natural treasure for many years to come,” Ms Symes said.

“It’s about recognizing the importance these site are to recreational fishers and the community and how it contributes to the amazing experience Lake Eildon offers.

“Sally Brennan, before she has even been elected is delivering for this community – imagine what she will be able to bring to Eildon if she elected as the Member on the 24th of November.”

Ms Brennan welcomed the Government funding.

“This is fantastic news not only for the local community, but also for our boating industry and tourism operators who will benefit from quality facilities attracting more tourists to the area.”

“These sites were selected as they offer multiple community benefits and greater recreational opportunities for locals and visitors.”

Project planning and development for all BRWUI projects will be in partnership with recreational users, local community members, Aboriginal Victorians, Traditional Owners and other key stakeholders, prior to delivery of on-ground works.

The Labor Government’s Water for Victoria policy recognises the connection that communities, Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal Victorians have to waterways and their landscapes.

The project will also improve fishing access to the Lake Eildon as part of the Labor Government’s Target One Million commitment to get more people fishing, more often.

These projects are part of the Labor Government’s $3.2 million Boosting Recreational Water Use Initiative (BRWUI) to protect and enhance waterways across Victoria.