Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, visited Lake Boga today to make a major announcement regarding repairs to the foreshore damaged during last year’s floods.
“It is very exciting to be able to announce a grant of $1,108,000 for major works to reinstate the shoreline where emergency works were carried out last year to protect surrounding properties and infrastructure,” Mr Walsh said.
“The construction of the emergency levee and the erosion caused by the flood waters has had a serious impact on the foreshore and these works are vitally important in restoring the bank of the lake and ensuring its ongoing integrity.
Works will involve the supply of appropriate material for the bank which will be compacted, graded and battered according to the geotechnical specifications that have been developed with the bank then to be top dressed and seeded.
“The works will also include the construction of a series of walking and cycling paths along the foreshore which will be a great addition to the lake’s amenities,” Mr Walsh said.
“This addition is something the community of Lake Boga have long been seeking and it will be a new facility that will be well used by locals and visitors alike.
“The whole project will be a major boost to Lake Boga’s tourist credentials and I congratulate the community and Council on their enthusiasm and commitment to this project and the enhancement of the lake and its environs as a whole,” he said.
It is hoped the works can start as soon as possible ensuring they will be completed by March 2013.
The funds for the project have come from the Flood Recovery Community Infrastructure Fund which is designed to support councils and community groups to restore flood-affected local assets.
It is administered by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan.
“The Fund is helping stimulate local economies and restore important community infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.
“It is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to improving local infrastructure and services, creating jobs and boosting business opportunities throughout regional Victoria,” he said.
Monday, June 11, 2012
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