Boating and fishing enthusiasts in and around Yarrawonga and the Waranga Basin are set to benefit most from more than $440,000 worth of upgrades via the Federal Government’s Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program.
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, announced the funding today, which will go towards:
- The construction of a standalone disability accessible toilet at the Waranga Basin boat ramp on Harriman Point ($343,630); and
- The redevelopment of the Yarrawonga Common boat ramp. This includes the installation of an additional boat ramp, sealing of access tracks, creation of a designated parking bay, and installation of solar lighting ($100,000).
Mr Drum said this funding for the Yarrawonga boat ramp upgrade was in addition to $450,000 that Moira Shire has committed to the project from its Local Roads and Community Infrastructure allocation from the Federal Government.
“We have a strong tradition of camping, boating and fishing, and new and renewed infrastructure and access will help holidaymakers and locals alike to enjoy the serenity of some of the best fishing, boating and camping spots in the state,” Mr Drum said.
“It’s just another reason to encourage tourists, family and friends to come and visit the region for their next holiday, particularly with international borders remaining closed for the foreseeable future.”
Moira Shire’s general manager of infrastructure, Andrew Close, said the boat ramp was the only publicly accessible ramp in Yarrawonga downstream from the Weir and was popular year round.
“Particularly during the warmer months, the numbers of watercraft and associated vehicles and trailers number are well beyond the capacity of the existing ramp,” Mr Close said.
“This Federal Government funding will allow the necessary upgrades to commence without delay once the designs have been finalised and the tenders issued.”
Mr Drum said the construction of a dedicated disability toilet block at Harriman Point on the edge of Waranga Basin was required as existing facilities were outdated and prone to failure.
“Located just six kilometres from Rushworth, the area is a popular tourist spot, with around 500 people frequenting the site daily during the busy summer period,” Mr Drum said.
Campaspe Shire will deliver the project alongside Goulburn Murray Water.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program would deliver $20 million nationally over three years.
“This program will deliver new and renewed infrastructure for our recreational fishing, camping and boating community,” Mr Littleproud said.
“This program delivers on our 2019 election commitment for more fishing opportunities for all Australians.”
Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Jonno Duniam, said recreational fishing, boating, and camping contributes to the health and well-being of many Australians and provides significant benefits to regional communities.
“Recreational fishing is an important leisure activity that contributes economic and social benefits, and is the Australian way of life for all ages and for all socio-economic backgrounds,” Mr Duniam said.