The $6.3 million Yarrawonga Tourism Trail was officially opened today by Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, marking the end of an important project that has upgraded and beautified the amenities on the Lake Mulwala foreshore.
The Federal Government, via its Regional Jobs and Investment Packages program, provided $2.7 million towards the project, which was administered by the Moira Shire Council.
Lotus Living, the developer of the new 4.5 star Sebel Hotel complex, and Goulburn Murray Water, contributed the remainder of the funds.
Mr Drum was joined at today’s opening by Moira Shire Council Mayor Libro Mustica, as well as representatives from both Lotus Living and GMW.
The 5km tourist trail runs from the main traffic bridge at the end of Belmore St, along the Lake Mulwala foreshore before ending at the Sebel.
Mr Drum said the tourism trail complemented a growing number of visitor experiences on and near Lake Mulwala, which include the Sebel, Black Bull Golf Course, and, of course, an array of on-water activities.
“The project has really modernised the lake foreshore, making it more appealing for locals and tourists alike to enjoy a walk or picnic along the beautiful Lake Mulwala,” Mr Drum said.
“Another key benefit of this project is that it enhances the liveability appeal of the region through enhanced on and off water recreation infrastructure along this section of the regionally significant Lake Mulwala foreshore.
“With widespread international travel likely to be off the cards for the remainder of this year at least, this tourism trail in Yarrawonga is yet another reason for domestic tourists to come and experience all that this magnificent area has to offer.”
Mr Mustica said the trail was a “fantastic asset” for the region, and included stabilisation of the bank and construction of a shared pathway along an 800m section of River Rd undertaken by GMW.
“While the main purpose of Lake Mulwala is to provide water to NSW and Victorian farmers, we know it is a popular spot for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, walking, and bird and wild-life watching,” Mr Mustica said.
“These improvements guard against foreshore erosion and ensure the ongoing enjoyment and safety of recreational users while safeguarding water quality and environmental values of the lake.
“Lotus Living undertook works including the development of shared pathways, a boardwalk, jetties, retaining wall and viewing platforms as well as various landscaping features.
“This trail now provides safe, off-road passage offering picturesque and uninterrupted views across Lake Mulwala for the many thousands of tourists who visit the region each year.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the Federal Government’s $2.7 million investment in this community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Moira Shire.
“This investment will enhance on and off water recreational infrastructure along this section of the regionally significant Lake Mulwala foreshore,” Mr McCormack said.
“By supporting 23 jobs in construction and creating an expected 17 ongoing jobs after completion, in addition to using local businesses and supplies, this project will help bring economic prosperity to Yarrawonga for many years to come.”