The Yarrawonga Tourism Trail was officially opened on Thursday by Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum and Mayor Libro Mustica with representatives from Goulburn-Murray Water and Lotus Living also present.
The Yarrawonga Tourist Trail is a $5.4 million project supported by a grant of $2.7 million from the Federal Government, auspiced by Moira Shire Council, and $2.1 million from Lotus Living as well as $612,000 from the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).
Mayor Libro Mustica said the 5km tourist trail runs from the current main traffic bridge at the end of Belmore Street and along the foreshore of Lake Mulwala before terminating at Silverwood’s The Sebel luxury international hotel.
“Works to complete this fantastic asset included stabilisation of the bank and construction of a shared pathway along an 800m section of River Road undertaken by Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW),” Cr Mustica said.
“We know Lake Mulwala is a popular spot for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, walking, and bird and wild-life watching.
“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 thousands of tourists who visit the region each year.”
The MDBA head of River Management Andrew Reynolds said maintaining the structural integrity of Lake Mulwala was important for the ongoing storage of water for irrigators, the community and the River Murray environment.
“Lake Mulwala is an important asset in the Murray River system, and our investment to control erosion on the foreshore will strengthen the security of water for downstream users.”
Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) General Manager Water Storage Services Martina Cusack said the project was a great example of partnerships between organisations.
“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,” Ms Cusack said.