Recreational boaters have safer access to Lake Lonsdale, with the construction of a new rock wall around the northern boat ramp.
The Northern Grampians Shire Council received a $190,000 grant from the Victorian Government to complete the works. The funds were provided under the Boating Safety and Facilities Program.
GWMWater's Lake Lonsdale Management Plan Advisory Committee recently met to inspect the completed rock wall and discussed future works such as redesigned car parks, camping areas and low level boat ramps.
Terry Monaghan, Chairman of the Advisory Committee said construction of the rock wall was excellent and the committee would like to acknowledge the donations and contributions from volunteers which made this possible. These include:
Northern Grampians Shire Council for doing an excellent job managing the project.
Allan Ralph for designing the rock wall at no cost.
GWMWater for supplying crushed concrete from the channel decommissioning project, as well as advice and expertise, at no cost.
Conundrum Holdings for supplying rock at a minimal cost.
Greg Newton for supplying base rock from his Great Western quarry at no cost.
Grampians Excavations for loading and transporting material at no cost.
Community members John Maddocks and John Prins for assisting with laying of matting at no cost.
"This is an excellent example of agencies and the community working together," GWMWater Managing Director Mark Williams said.
Northern Grampians Shire Councillor, Wayne Rice, also praised the development.
"The rock wall provides a safe environment for launching and retrieving boats and protects the floating pontoon from southerly winds," Cr Rice said.
Improving the safety of the lake for boaters is one of the key priorities identified in the Lake Lonsdale Management Plan developed in consultation with agencies, local groups and community members.