Ramping up river access for boats at Bundalong

03 Aug 2018 Wangaratta Chronicle, Wangaratta VIC (General News) THE Bundalong boat ramp near Yarrawonga is in for a major upgrade. Visiting the site on Wednesday, Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) confirmed $280,000 in State Government funding for the Majors Lane project. The project has been jointly funded by Goulburn Murray Water ($30,000), Moira Shire ($15,000), NSW Roads and Maritime Services ($150,000), and the Victorian Fisheries Authority ($85,000). Works will include a double lane boat ramp, formalised car parking, a new toilet and visitor facilities. Renovations will also be undertaken at two smaller boat ramps at Pasley Street and Pyke Street in Bundalong, where the Ovens and Murray rivers meet. Lake Mulwala is currently being drawn down over the winter period to undertake a weed control operation and maintenance works to help improve the quality of the lake. During this time the new double lane boat ramp will be constructed at the Majors Lane site with enough length to extend into deeper water. This will allow more people to access the lake, will prevent wake boats displacing rocks at the edge of the concrete apron when they power onto trailers and will reduce the risk of boats being damaged as they approach the ramps, Ms Symes said. Lake Mulwala is considered one of the most productive Murray cod fisheries in Australia, and the Andrews Labor Government is supporting this project to give fishers better facilities and attract even more fishing tourism to North East Victoria. The new and upgraded boat ramps at Bundalong will improve this great fishing spot and boost local and visiting angler numbers. Improving fishing opportunities and facilities is a key component of the Target One Million plan, which continues to grow recreational fishing across country Victoria, giving families better opportunities to spend some quality time together outdoors.