Lake Fyans will undergo a $250,000 redevelopment thanks to a state government grant.
The project will develop a nine-kilometre walking track around the perimeter of Lake Fyans, along with fencing, shade shelters, upgraded and new toilets, signage, nature trails and bird trails.
Treasurer Tim Pallas said the upgrades would provide more jobs in the region and give visitors more reasons to visit the Grampians.
“The project will create three new local jobs and support nine jobs over the construction period and secure five existing jobs,” he said.
“It is all part of our drive to make regional Victoria a great place to live, work and visit.”
Mr Pallas also said the upgrades were expected to cause an increase in the number of average visitor days spent at the lake.
“Lake Fyans contributes over $7.7 million per annum to the regional economy, and with the upgrades the number of average visitor days spent at the lake is expected to increase from 75,000 to 100,000,” he said.
The new track would help preserve cultural heritage locations and native vegetation in the southeast part of the lake shore by limiting motor vehicle and motorbike access to the water in highly sensitive areas.
It would also connect the recreational, cultural and natural heritage of the lake surroundings to Lake Fyans Holiday Park.
“The three metre wide walking track will be constructed of crushed rock and include splinters off the main trail to encourage walkers to explore the surroundings and to preserve the cultural heritage of the Djab Wurrung Nation,” Mr Pallas said.
Agricultural and Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford said the Grampians was a Victorian treasure and the Lake Fyans upgrades complemented the Grampians Peaks Trail project.
“The Grampians Peaks Trail project will also transform the visitor experience and Lake Fyans is an important part of that,” she said.
Northern Grampians Shire and Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water supported Lake Fyans Recreational Area Committee of Management in the project.