Published on : Thursday, January 12, 2017
In a bid to to boost local tourism, create new jobs and support the iconic Grampian region, the Victoria government has sanctioned fund of $187,500 for its redevelopment, the work on which commenced today. The first sod was turned on by Treasurer Tim Pallas on the $250,000 redevelopment of the Lake Fyans project which will see even more visitors flock to the pristine Grampians region.
The project will develop a 9.6 kilometre walking track around the perimeter of Lake Fyans, along with fencing, shade shelters, upgraded and new toilets, signage, nature trails and bird trails.
With the upgrades the number of average visitor days spent at the Lake Fyans is expected to increase from 75,000 to 100,000. Currently, the lake contributes over $7.7 million per annum to the regional economy.
“The upgrades to Lake Fyans will give visitors even more reason to come to the Grampians and take in natural and cultural heritage and soak up the beauty of this unique area,” Tim Pallas said.
The new track will help preserve cultural heritage locations and native vegetation in the southeast part of the lake shore by limiting motor vehicle and motorbike access to the water in highly sensitive areas.
It will also better connect the recreational, cultural and natural heritage of the lake surroundings to Lake Fyans Holiday Park so that visitors can enjoy all the lake has to offer.
The three-metre wide walking track will be constructed of local crushed rock and will include splinters off the main trail to encourage walkers to explore the diverse plant life, observe the rich fauna activity and to preserve the cultural heritage of the Djab Wurrung Nation.
The project complements the Grampians Peaks Trail project by promoting the greater region as a place to come and enjoy the nature and beauty of the Grampians by foot and bicycle.