ROADS in the Lake Charlegrark Reserve near Minimay have been upgraded six months ahead of schedule.
Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said visitors to the reserve would enjoy a better experience because of the $50,000 road network upgrade.
The project was part of the Department of Transport's Transport Investing in Regions initiative and involved resealing 400 metres of deteriorated road within the lake reserve.
"The upgraded road network provides improved safety for the lake by improving access to a range of facilities at the site, including powered accommodation sites, barbecues, toilets and communal areas and boat access," Mr Delahunty said.
The works are in time for the annual Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon tomorrow and Sunday.
West Wimmera Shire Mayor Bruce Meyer said the completion of works was great news for the shire.
"It is a very worthy project," he said.
He said Lake Charlegrark received an enormous number of visitors throughout the year.
"It is a key area for recreational sports such as skiing and cod fishing, so there needs to be good access in and out of the reserve," he said.
"We are thankful for the money to do this and it is a big improvement to the reserve."
Mr Delahunty said the road upgrade was good news for residents and visitors.
"As well as improving usability, this project will support the visiting tourist trade and provide flow-on benefits for the district's economy,'' he said.