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Lake Eppalock upgrades in time for summer

Recreational facilities at Lake Eppalock have been upgraded to include new barbecues and tables and improved access to existing boat ramps.

BARBARA SUNGAILA December 11, 2013 4:20am

Goulburn-Murray Water has upgraded recreational facilities at Lake Eppalock in the lead-up to summer.

Improvements include new barbecues and tables, as well as enhancements to existing boat ramps to improve access.

G-MW general manager catchment services Graeme Hannan said all works were in accordance with the management plan — a plan reached after widespread public consultation.

‘‘Lake Eppalock has three new barbecues at Moorabbee Foreshore Reserve as well as an improved launch/retrieval access lane at the Lake’s No 1 Public Boat Ramp at Kimbolton Pool,’’ he said

‘‘Works undertaken by Goulburn-Murray Water at Lake Eppalock last year have improved traffic flow at the ramp enhancing safety for recreational boat users and visitors.

‘‘It enables vehicles and trailers to pull over while preparing their vessels prior to launching.

‘‘So it’s a safer and more user friendly access point for boats.

‘‘Lake Eppalock’s Randalls Cove Recreation Reserve has also benefited from road works.’’

He said local concerns regarding environmental damage, illegal camping, hazardous camp fires and dumped rubbish around storages had also been addressed.

G-MW has completed fencing at Lake Eppalock to restrict vehicle access to problem areas.

‘‘Some areas of the lake have deteriorated due to the number and nature of vehicle movements,’’ he said.

‘‘While pedestrians may still access these areas and we encourage camping in the surrounding caravan parks and club sites.

‘‘The caravan parks and club sites have access to toilets, cooking and washing facilitiesactivities which are strongly discouraged on the foreshore.

‘‘Vehicle access to the lake foreshore at full supply level is available at most of G-MW’s recreation reserves.

‘‘We want to see locals and tourists enjoy our reservoirs because they’re fantastic facilities and also ensure this is done in a safe manner with minimal impact to the environment.’’

A recreation guides showing access points for Lake Eppalock is available by contacting G-MW on 1800013357 or at www.g-mwater.com.au

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