The business plans for four infrastructure projects at Lake Eildon will be bring substantial improvements for the local community and offer year-round tourism activities and employment opportunities around the lake.
The Lake Eildon Masterplan and the four business plans were endorsed at Tuesday’s Mansfield Shire Council meeting.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley said the Masterplan, which estimated economic activity associated with Lake Eildon provides $486million annually to the regional economy, was exciting for Council and the lake’s communities.
“The four business cases for a golf resort at Mountain Bay, low-impact eco-retreat accommodation overlooking Lake Eildon, sewerage system for Goughs Bay and development of Skyline Road all present a lot of opportunities. Now that we know the significant contribution Lake Eildon makes to the regional economy annually through its associated jobs, visitor spending and tourism investment, this and the work done in the business cases show the potential for this figure to grow even more,” Cr Attley said.
The year-round offerings will add to the already forecast growth in visitor numbers so these are very exciting times," she said.
Doing this work with Murrindindi Shire Council, Goulburn Murray Water and Regional Development Victoria has also strengthened these relationships and understanding of the lake’s needs and potential. Council will continue to advocate and seek relevant partners to drive public and private investment.
Cr Attley said the business case for the introduction of a reticulated sewerage system for Goughs Bay will be mean a substantial improvement for this community.
“Not having a sewerage system has been a barrier for potential investors and the growth of the residential and commercial economy. A system will also improve the environmental impacts to area,” she said.
“The purpose of the Masterplan was to identify priority tourism and recreation developments within an environmentally sustainable framework, so we are excited to see the potential of all these business plans.”
The Masterplan was developed with community and industry input and consultation on the draft closed at the start of May.