Park penned for Tallangatta

A FEASIBILITY study will soon start into a Lake Mulwala-type park at Tallangatta.

The cost of the investigation into the Narrows Project in Lake Hume will total $378,000.

It will look into construction feasibility, the benefits for tourism and business, the impact on the Murray Darling Basin Plan and community attitudes to the project.

Another key part of the study will be setting “realistic” project timeframes, construction costs and other economic benefits.

Member for Benambra Bill Tilley announced these details in a tour of the area during which he and Towong mayor Mary Fraser also launched five new scenic lookouts in Towong Shire.

The launch took place at the revamped Tallangatta lookout.

“From there you can look over where potentially there is that opportunity to create something at The Narrows that wouldn’t be unlike Yarrawonga,” Mr Tilley said.

The plan could involve private investors building a new bridge across Lake Hume as well as the construction of alternative energy plants and foreshore housing estates.

The plan has been considered and then dropped at various times for the past 20 years, though it has been a dream of people in the area since the late 1950s.

Mr Tilley said Towong would get another tourism boost through the five lookouts, which are Farren’s Lookout at Tintaldra, the Tallangatta lookout, The Kurrajong Gap Lookout at Bethanga, the Old Tallangatta Lookout and the Mitta Valley Lookout.

Dubbed the scenic drives project, the lookouts cost $312,500 to construct. That covered earthworks, landscaping, boardwalks, picnic tables, signs, parking and signs.

The Victorian government contributed $234,000 to the project and Towong Concil another $63,5000, with about $15,000 of in-kind support.

The Narrows feasibility study is being funded through the Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Tilley said the Tallangatta lookout provided a great view of the town and was part of a long-term tourism vision for Towong.

“The views are just fantastic, absolutely spectacular,” Mr Tilley said.

“And Towong Shire is a delight to work with — they certainly punch above their weight,” he said.

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