Friday, June 21, 2024

End of road in sight for Lake Eildon

The Victorian Government has pledged to fast-track the planning of upgrades to Lake Eildon’s scenic Skyline Road.

Minister for Regional Development, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced $500,000 funding through the Investment Fast Track (IFF) Fund to enable planning, consultation and detailed designs to construct the remaining 15 kilometres of Skyline Road.

“This project will provide an important gateway to drive more visitors into Lake Eildon, which in turn will support the regional economy and local jobs,” said Minister Thomas.

The funding will enable the Mansfield and Murrindindi shire councils to complete necessary planning work ahead of sealing Skyline Road’s gravel surface, the Minister said.

The planning stage of the Skyline Road Tourism Precinct catalyst project will include design works to improve access for visitors and locals travelling between Eildon and Bonnie Doon.

The project forms part of the broader Lake Eildon Masterplan which received a $150,000 grant through the Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund in 2019to reinvigorate its visitor appeal around Lake Eildon. The activation of Lake Eildon has also been a Goulburn Regional Partnership priority.

Skyline Road’s proposed upgrades will mark the first step in turning the Lake Eildon area into a premier tourism destination by opening the door to more food, beverage and accommodation investments as a result of easier road access, said Minister Thomas.

The road is a key vantage point for sightseers to observe a snapshot of Lake Eildon and Victoria’s surrounding High Country, with the road sealing upgrades opening the door to potential cycling events that will provide new experiences for visitors around Lake Eildon.

“Fast tracking the planning and upgrades of Skyline Road will set up Eildon and Bonnie Doon to tap into new local business investments, drawing in more visitors all-year-round,” said Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes.

The Investment Fast Track Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria and supports councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need.

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