Camping at lake?

Tourism boosting options in new Lake William Hovell strategy
Lake William Hovell

OVERNIGHT camping and recreational tours at Lake William Hovell (pictured) near Cheshunt could enhance tourism to the region.

Accommodation facilities and an eco-tourism conference centre could also be on the agenda.

They are actions that could take place following the creation of a strategy to boost tourism to the popular recreation, fishing and boating attraction.

Goulburn-Murray Water’s (G-MW) Land and On-water Management Plan, released this week, identifies scope to capture the tourism potential.

Key issues identified in the plan suggest the lake has been “underutilised and underdeveloped” and “there is adequate potential for increased visitation numbers”.

However, the plan notes that there is a lack of infrastructure to support tourism activities and also funds to upgrade and maintain current facilities.

Construction of walking and cycling trails around the lake foreshore, inclusion of a playground, provision of more boat ramps, increased parking area, and camping/accommodation facilities in the northern area of the lake are all options.

A series of actions recommended in the management plan include a further study to estimate the long-term resident and visitor demand on and around the lake.

This will inform decisions about future tourism opportunities and developments.

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