Works to protect the foreshore of Lake Mulwala from further erosion were completed last month.
The works along River Road in Yarrawonga were the second stage of a foreshore erosion protection project, with the first stage completed in 2015 along Bank Street.
The lake foreshore has been subject to significant erosion in the past, mainly due to wave action.
The works were completed during the winter drawdown of Lake Mulwala, which was undertaken for the effective control of the highly invasive aquatic weed Egeria densa as well as foreshore works.
Before the foreshore protection works.
After the foreshore protection works.
Goulburn Murray Water (GMW) Manager Customer Infrastructure and Assets Marc Lon Ho Kee said the foreshore works were a great outcome for the environment and the community.
“We’re pleased to have put a long-term solution in place for the foreshore area that will benefit everyone,” he said.
“These works will protect the foreshore from further environmental damage, and will reduce maintenance costs while protecting water quality and environmental values.
“The area is looking fantastic now and is wonderful for the enjoyment and safety of recreational users."
Lake Mulwala is now beginning to refill to its normal operating level and locals and visitors to Lake Mulwala and Yarrawonga Weir might notice changes to water levels until early this month.
Mr Lon Ho Kee said the works also align with GMW’s Lake Mulwala Land & On-Water Management Plan, which aims to better manage the important values of the lake and foreshore.
“While the main purpose of Lake Mulwala is to provide water to NSW and Victorian farmers, we recognise it’s a popular spot for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, walking and bird and wild-life watching,” he said.
Moira Shire Council General Manager Infrastructure Andrew Close said the completion of the foreshore protection works will allow further planning for improving pedestrian access along the foreshore as part of the Yarrawonga Foreshore Tourist Trail.
“This project, auspiced by the Moira Shire Council, is jointly funded by the Federal Government with a $2.7 million grant from the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages project, GMW and Lotus Living,” Mr Close said.
“Once complete, this tourism trail will provide safe, off-road passage, with picturesque and uninterrupted views across Lake Mulwala for the thousands of tourists who visit the region each year.”
GMW manages the foreshore environment of Lake Mulwala on behalf of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).