Cash for lake shore upgrades

Chris Smith, Jason Schram, Sarah Henderson, John McVeigh and Joe McCracken.

A Federal Government grant will help pay for Lake Colac foreshore upgrades including new lighting, a sealed carpark and a shared pathway as part of a funding boost for the region.

Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson and Regional Development, Territories and Local Government Minister John McVeigh visited Lake Colac yesterday to announce the $250,000 funding.

Colac Otway Shire Council will match the $250,000 funding which will allow stage one of the Lake Colac Foreshore Masterplan to begin.

The $500,000 project will include new park furniture including picnic tables, seating and shelters; installation of safety lighting in the carpark near the boat ramp and along the foreshore pathway near the Colac Botanic Gardens; installation of a new shared pathway along Queens Avenue; and replacement of the existing gravel carpark near the Colac Rowing Club with a sealed carpark; replacement of the existing pine footbridge over Barongarook Creek near the Chapel Street bridge.

Ms Henderson said she was delighted that the funding for Lake Colac, which is part of the Regional Jobs and Investment Fund, would drive economic growth and create jobs within Colac and district.

She said authorities and Colac’s community had put in “a lot of hard work” campaigning to improve the lake and that she hoped the upgrades would make Lake Colac a desirable place for more recreational activities.

“I know that there has been a lot of hard work to improve the amenity of Lake Colac, this is a wonderful natural asset,” she said.

“Lake Colac is a precious part of Colac and the Colac community.”

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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2 Responses to “Cash for lake shore upgrades”

  1. Rob Sinclair

    Another nice piece of pork barreling and photo opportunity by Ms Henderson. Liberals… doing the job!

  2. Nick

    No! No! No! When I was a child, in the 60s, the path from the yacht club to the rowing club was a wild, hidden place where children could disappear into nature. And Queens’ Avenue was sand, at least near the cricket ground, and was a delight for young and bare feet. Now, it seems, you want to cover everything in tarmac. This is NOT progress.