Mildura Weekly : Friday June 24 Vol 10 No 33
NEWS 3 FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By ALEXANDRA TRELOAR YESTERDAY was a day of ex- citement and elation for the township of Ouyen after Mem- ber for Mallee, Andrew Broad, committed $674,000 in Federal funding to complete the town’s long-awaited recreational lake. Mr Broad made the election commitment at the lake’s site in Ouyen yesterday and said the project will ensure a long term future for the town. “A lot of what we’ve done in this election campaign has been about our smaller coun- try towns, and I just know how transformative this lake will be for Ouyen,” Mr Broad said yes- terday. “It gets pretty hot here in the summer, and to have some- where where you can even sit by the water is good for our mental health as well as our sporting activities. “It will make Ouyen a place where tourists will want to come, a place that school kids can use, a great fishing spot and just a place for families to en- joy. “I’m pretty excited, this is what makes the job so satisfy- ing, this is bigger for Ouyen than we even realise.” Ouyen Lake Working Group co-chair, Deane Munro, wel- comed yesterday’s funding an- nouncement, which he said will allow the project to be completed in its entirety. Initial work for Ouyen’s lake started two years ago, and with minor works completed, Mr Munro predicts the bulk of the project will happen within two to three months once a contractor is assigned, then four months to fill the lake. “It’s very exciting for the community, this was the only part that was left unfunded, so this puts us over the line com- pletely,” Mr Munro said. “A lot of small communi- ties have lost their lakes over the past 20 years due to the drought, and those who have since had their lakes reinstated all say that it has brought a lot of money back into the com- munity. “It will give locals another social outlet, so it’s an abso- lutely huge boost for our com- munity.” “This new funding will go towards the construction of the lake as well as toilet block facilities, bbq areas and play- grounds, it will get us over the line completely,” he said. Mr Munro said the project is estimated to cost $2.8million in total and has been almost 20 years in the making. “It started when we were told that the Walpeup lake which is about 25km out of town was going to become dry when we changed from a chan- nel filled system to a pipeline system,” he said. “We started lobbying to get Walpeup lake reinstated, but after we were unsuccessful we shifted our focus to building one in town.” Ouyen receives lake funding top up • BOOST FOR OUYEN: ABOVE: Mildura Rural City Mayor, Cr Glenn Milne, applauds Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad’s announcement yesterday. The Mayor is pictured again, BELOW centre, with Mr Broad, left, and a happy co-chair of Ouyen Lake Working Group, Deane Munro, soon after the announcement. 227 Tenth St Mildura Phone 5022 7227 Open7Days|10am-5pm KKIW WII’SS REEJOOIICEE JJJJJ WHHITTTAAKERSS KBBARRS 6 FFlavvouurs nnow w avvaillablle! WWhiile st s occkk laastss CALL 0418 502 207 7 Scott Crescent Mildura MILDURA DISCOUNT BATTERIES SOLAR PANELS NOW IN STOCK TO SUIT 4WD’S AND CARAVANS 200 watt PANEL NEW NOW AVAILABLE 40 Lintons Lane, Mildura (CBD) behind the Art Vault, from 8th Street email@example.com 1800 611 214 REMOVALS Mon-Fri|10am-6pm Saturday | 9:30am - 1:30pm · Vintage · Retro · Collectables · Memorabilia · Outdoor/Indoor · Furniture Removals www.facebook.com/ theshedmildura 78A LANGTREE MALL MILDURA | (03) 5023 2035 | WWW.LITTLEFRANKIEFOX.COM.AU (COMING SOON) Exclusive stockist of Hugs Factory and Incy Interiors in Sunraysia Children’s Nursery and Bedroom Furniture, Decor, To ys and More!
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