Mr O'Sullivan (Northern Victoria) — Last week I visited the Ouyen community with the member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, to gain an update on the progress of the planning and construction of the lake in Ouyen. The Ouyen Lake Committee had a particularly busy day, with half of the committee hosting Peter Crisp and me while the other half of the committee were down having a meeting with the auspicing agency, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water, to work through some outstanding issues.
The committee are well progressed in these preparations and have gone through a number of challenges in getting the lake built. I congratulate the committee for their perseverance in finding a way for the project to move forward in the wake of all the hurdles that have been thrown up. The committee is increasingly confident that the lake can be constructed this winter and commence filling soon after.
The lake in Ouyen will have significant benefits for the local community, including providing water for the locals and tourists who will be seeking relief on many of the hot days they have up in Ouyen. Economic benefits will flow from the many tourists who will come to camp and enjoy the recreational facilities at the lake as they will spend some of their hard-earned money within the local community.
I would like to thank all of the volunteers in the community, particularly Ouyen Inc and the Ouyen Lake Committee, for all of the hard work they have done, and I look forward to being able to take my speedboat up to Ouyen lake next summer and have a ski.