TOWONG’S pristine mountains and streams are proving to be big business for the region.
The Towong Council said yesterday week that new Tourism Research Australia figures showed that there were more than 1000 tourists a week drawn to the area and they injected $25 million into the region’s economy.
“From fishing in our glorious streams and rivers, to whitewater rafting near Corryong, through to camping in any of our beautiful caravan parks or reserves, Towong has a lot to offer,” Towong mayor Cr Mary Fraser said.
She said the her council was determined to support the tourism industry as much as possible by improving facilities.
It had recently upgraded six lookouts within the shire to capitalise on the area’s natural beauty.
“There is such a variety of experiences here for visitors," she said.
And having Lake Hume and Lake Dartmouth full this year was a bonus.
Cr Fraser said she expected even more than last year’s 55,000 visitors in the shore in the next year.
“River experts are saying Dartmouth Dam is very likely to spill next month,” she said.
“It has been 17 years since the last spill and it is a spectacular sight. We expect there will be visitors just to see that.”
Dartmouth holds 6.7 times the volume of Sydney Harbour and is Australia’s highest dam.
“Even if the spill doesn’t occur, having both Dartmouth and Lake Hume sitting at capacity is wonderful for visitors interested in water sports or fishing,” Cr Fraser said.
“We’ve already seen families out in their kayaks near Tallangatta enjoying the water and simply relaxing.”
Former mayor Debi Gadd, who lives near Mount Alfred where the Murray River meanders nearby, said there was always a massive influx of campers to her region.
“There are campers everywhere in the summer time,” Cr Gadd said.
“Tourism is good for the business communities.
“It is worth a lot of money over the whole shire.”