Lake Fyans receives state government grant to support a new walking track

Lake Fyans is set for another exciting venture with a walking track soon to be built around the lake's circumference.

Lake Fyans is set for another exciting venture with a walking track soon to be built around the lake's circumference.

The Lake Fyans Committee Group received a $187,000 grant from the state government to help begin works on the construction of a walking track around the shores of Lake Fyans. 

The development comes after the idea was proposed by the Lake Fyans committee in July.

Project manager Alan Ralph said the Lake Fyans Committee Group was still waiting on a planning permit to be issued from the Northern Grampians Shire Council.

“Before we can get a planning permit we need to settle some concerns with the council about the removal of natural vegetation and CFA requirements,” Mr Ralph said.

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“We’re expecting those issues to be settled in November and are looking forward to commencing the Lake Fyans walking track project.”

Lake Fyans Committee Group president Jim Leeke said the development would be exciting for tourism and residents who frequent the lake. 

“The target is to make the track user friendly and create new opportunities for exploring the area,” Mr Leeke said.

“There will be opportunities for people to walk in parts where there are currently no tracks and will also be used as a cycling track. 

“There will be a clear walking trail from the campground to the lake’s inlet and we plan to build upon existing walking tracks.”

The Lake Fyans group is hoping to start works before the end of this year. 

“It won’t be ready for this summer, but we are certainly very hopeful the track will be up and running for next summer,” Mr Leeke said.

The project will also upgrade roads in the area to minimise the risk of vehicles becoming bogged in wet weather and to minimise damage to the natural vegetation.

Northern Grampians Shire Council candidate Jason Hosemans said the project would aim to improve protection of the surrounding natural environment and ease accessibility. 

“The track will enable an easier navigation of the lake, it will become more user friendly and strategies will be put in place to better conserve the wonderful natural environment in the area,” Mr Hosemans said. 

Community members celebrated Lake Fyans’ centenary completion with a celebration at the inlet on Sunday.

“There is a lot of great things happening around the lake right now and considering it has been around for 100 years it is all very exciting,” Mr Leeke said.

The lake’s construction was completed in 1916.

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