Planning for Lake Eildon’s big future

THE development of facilities around Lake Eildon into world-class visitor, user and commercial services is a step closer, thanks to a draft plan developed and recently released by the lake’s stakeholders.

The major stakeholders involved with Lake Eildon – Mansfield Shire Council, Murrindindi Shire Council and Goulburn Murray Water – have proposed the Lake Eildon Recreational Boating Facilities Improvement Plan.

The draft plan was presented to council at its May ordinary meeting and was placed on public exhibition ready to be adopted at the July council meeting.

At present the boating/fishing element is worth some $4 billion to the Victorian economy, with some 51 per cent of that based on inland waterways and a quarter, or $500 million, can be attributed to Lake Eildon.

The lake’s stakeholders commissioned Paul Squires of Opal Project Solutions to develop a detailed audit of current facilities that provide for recreational boating and to identify the shortcomings of existing Lake Eildon facilities.

The evaluation of the 11 public boat ramp areas around Lake Eildon and associated infrastructure indicates that none of the current boat ramps comply with the Australian Standard Guidelines for On-Shore Boat Facilities.

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