The south beach at Lake Bullen Merri outside Camperdown will be upgraded with the help of a $180,000 Brumby Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP.
“Lake Bullen Merri is considered one of the best inland fishing and water sports destinations in Victoria,” Ms Tierney said.
“Visitation and usage of the lake has increased substantially over the past five years resulting in substantial economic benefits for the Camperdown area.
“The South Beach area of the lake provides for many recreational opportunities including swimming, angling, water-skiing, jet-skiing, yachting and picnicking.
“However, the amenities area that serves users of the lake is in a very poor state of repair, has poor toilet facilities, an inadequate septic treatment system and no disabled toilet facilities.
This project will include:
Demolishing the existing toilet block;
Constructing a large covered picnic area which will include BBQs as well as a new amenity area, including family change rooms, disabled toilet facilities, outdoor showers and fish cleaning areas;
Visitor and interpretive information in the picnic shelter; and
Solar powered outdoor lighting.
Ms Tierney said the Brumby Government was supporting the project because it would create vastly improved visitor facilities including picnic facilities and amenities.
“The project will promote more efficient water use through the installation of tanks for showers and toilets while improved exterior lighting will lead to increased safety,” Ms Tierney said.
“The project will also help reduce sediment and waste water issues, create improved picnic areas and generally encourage more visitors to the area.”
Ms Tierney said Victorian Government funding for the $260,000 project would be provided to Corangamite Shire Council through Regional Development Victoria’s Small Towns Development Fund.
“This project typifies initiatives supported by the Small Towns Development Fund, which were making a big difference to towns in provincial Victoria,” Ms Tierney said.
“The Small Towns Development Fund is helping Victoria’s smaller towns create jobs, drive economic growth and improve community infrastructure.
“So far, the Fund has contributed in excess of $42.9 million to 442 announced capital works projects throughout rural and regional Victoria with a total value estimated to be more than $92.2 million.”