Luke O’Sullivan achieves success in recommitting funds to Ouyen Lake
The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria, Luke O’Sullivan MP, has today confirmed with the Minister for Regional Development that $500 000 will be recommitted to funding the building of the Ouyen Lake following concerns from Ouyen locals that the funding may be withdrawn.
The confirmation comes after Luke O’Sullivan and his colleague, the Member for Mildura in the Legislative Assembly Peter Crisp, met with several members of the Ouyen Lake Committee.
During the meeting members of the committee voiced their concerns that the government may withdraw the $500 000 funding which was allocated as part of the Regional Growth Fund in 2014. This funding is in addition to a further $674 000 in funding which had been committed by the Federal Government during the last election.
With no local water source for recreational use in the area, the closest being Hopetoun or the Murray River, a lake for Ouyen would boost local economy and tourism and above all, be a great addition to the town for locals.
"This sort of project would really transform a township like Ouyen, which is probably the hottest place in the state. It would be great for waterskiing and also fishing and it would create some relief from the heat during summer. " Mr O’Sullivan said.
The proposed area for the lake would be situated towards that back of the township of Ouyen, with locals already working hard to make the dream a reality, shifting 18 000 cubic metres of dirt to make way for the lake.
"This project is well on the way, but there are still a few hurdles we need to get on top of." Mr O’Sullivan said.