My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Agriculture in the other place and
is in relation to the boat ramp at Lake Purrumbete. At present the boat ramp at
Lake Purrumbete is not in use due to the lake’s low water level. Under Marine
Safety Victoria’s 2008-09 boating facilities and community harbours program,
this government committed funding of $14 500 for the installation of a new boat
ramp to cater for the low water levels.
During the initial stages of the planning to build the ramp at
Hoses Rocks it was discovered that significant Aboriginal cultural heritage
artefacts existed in the area and the ramp needed to be moved to a different
location at the lake. The lack of a boat ramp facility has impacted greatly on
the community, particularly throughout the tourist season.
Surrounding townships rely on the lake to bring business to the
area, and local fishing clubs use the facility regularly.
I know the minister has shown strong support for recreational
fishing and the benefits it brings to our rural and regional communities, so the
action I seek is for the minister to support the community and the surrounding
townships and businesses at Lake Purrumbete by investing the necessary funds to
construct a suitable boat ramp for the tourists and local community at Lake