HOPETOUN will cement itself as a fishing destination with a new waterway planned for the town.
Through the state government’s Target One Million project, $60,600 worth of funding has been allocated to transform the decommissioned reservoir known as Willow Lake into a fishing hub.
Lake Lascelles Corrong Committee of Management applied for the funding grant for earthworks, the construction of two fishing platforms, shelters, a fence and picnic facilities.
The new lake will be maintained by a newly constructed pipeline from Lake Lascelles.
Committee member Devon Mill said the introduction of a new fishing spot would greatly benefit the region.
“This was an old, empty reservoir that was a bit of an eyesore, so a few years ago we had the idea to turn it into a fishing spot,” he said.
“There will be no boats allowed, so it will be a nice quiet place for people to come to and enjoy.
“This will just be another great asset for the local community; fishing is becoming really big for tourism in this region and this will be a perfect addition to what we already have.”
He said constructions works had already begun.
The 1.4 hectare lake will be stocked by the Victorian Fisheries Authority each year. Fish species will include golden perch and silver perch.
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said six million fish had already been stocked through the Target One Million project during the last 12 months.
“We know how much people in our Wimmera love casting a line and we’re proud to make it even more accessible with this new lake,” she said.
“Getting more people, fishing more often is all part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Target One Million plan.
“Recreational fishing has never been better across Western Victoria – the iconic lakes across the Wimmera are a tourism drawcard. From camping, fishing, walking – there is something for everyone to enjoy.”