BUNDALONG Tavern will undergo its biggest redevelopment since opening 16 years ago on the Murray Valley Highway.
Subject to Moira Council approval, 35 cabins, costing $3.5 million, will be built on the pub site.
Stage 2 of the development envisages construction of a function centre for weddings and corporate events.
Melbourne-based builder Brett Butler is moving back to the area to build the cabins and take over the tavern from owners, Graham and Janine Creece.
The two-bedroom single-storey and three-bedroom two-storey cabins have car parks and boat storage areas.
Mr Butler said most of the cabins would be sold, but 10 would be kept to rent.
Already, 12 cabins have been reserved for purchase when built.
“It has established itself as a good little place to go,” Mr Butler said.
“Bundalong is a tourist destination in the summer months. There is no doubt about that.
“Stage 2 of the plans is to hold functions, weddings and corporate events with accommodation attached.”
The colonial-style tavern was opened by former deputy prime minister and member for Farrer Tim Fischer.
Bundalong is central to many of the area’s attractions including water sports and fishing in Lake Mulwala, wineries and the renowned 45-hole Yarrawonga and Border Golf Club in Mulwala.
The cabin development was one of six projects with a value of more than $40 million lodged with the Moira Council this month.
The council’s chief executive, Gary Arnold, said his organisation’s development, liveability and business and innovation units had worked closely with applicants in the pre-application phase.
The largest project is the Numurkah hospital upgrade and a new pub and ambulance station at Cobram.
“There is a mix of public and private works proposed,” he said.
“It is all adding significant value to the local economy, both in terms of direct jobs during the construction phase and long-term opportunities in the health, tourism and public infrastructure sectors.”