One of Victoria’s most remarkable natural attractions, the unique salt lake environment of Lake Tyrrell, will get a new visitor information and tourism infrastructure thanks to $2.3 million from the Andrews Labor Government.
Lake Tyrrell is Victoria’s largest salt lake and is especially popular with visitors from China – Victoria’s largest market for inbound tourists, which is expected to contribute up to 60 per cent of tourism spend by 2025.
When complete, the $2.58 million project is expected to boost the lake’s current visitation numbers from 42,000 a year to more than 192,000 by 2025.
The project, a priority for the Mallee Regional Partnership will deliver a range of new facilities including a boardwalk, interpretive signage, walking tracks, a viewing area, accessible toilets, waste management infrastructure, and parking with turnaround space for buses.
The project will create six jobs during construction and once complete, it is forecast to contribute more than $6.9 million to the local economy.
As visitation to the area increases along with demand for accommodation, new businesses will be established in surrounding towns like Sea Lake to service the growing market.
The Lake Tyrrell Tourism Infrastructure Development Project is funded by the Labor Government’s flagship Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, which is investing in iconic regional tourism projects that create world-class tourism experiences, support jobs and boost the regional economy.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“Making Lake Tyrrell more accessible to more visitors from around the world will showcase our largest and most spectacular Salt Lake, and bring more people to Victoria’s north west.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to back this project that is creating jobs and putting the Mallee well and truly on the map as an iconic nature-based destination for visitors.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren
“This work will welcome thousands more visitors to Lake Tyrell each year – creating new jobs and local business opportunities in the region.”
Quotes attributable to Buloke Shire Council Director Works and Technical Services Anthony Judd
“The Lake Tyrrell Tourism Infrastructure Development Project will create a ‘pipeline’ of tourism infrastructure projects for private and public sector development which is good news for tourism and local businesses.”
Quotes attributable to Promhelis Director Jarrod Danahay
“Promhelis is a newly established helicopter scenic flight business operating from Sea Lake. We pride ourselves in showcasing the beauty of Lake Tyrrell and its surrounds. This investment will be a positive benefit to both tourism and economic growth for the township of Sea Lake and the Mallee region.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020