Lake St Clair proves to be hook for visitors
Published on 05 January 2022
With bumper fishing, a picturesque outlook and best of all, limited mobile reception, Singleton Council General Manager Jason Linnane said it’s little wonder Lake St Clair has taken out the BelgraviaPRO Tourism Destination Venue of the Year.
And with more than $600,000 in improvements scheduled for 2022 – including a $100,000 communications upgrade – there’ll be even more reasons to plan a visit for some primitive camping or a day trip.
BelgraviaPRO is the tourism and holiday parks management subsidiary of the Belgravia Health and Leisure Group, which has been contracted by Singleton Council for the management of the Park since 1 July 2019. Lake St Clair was named the top tourism destination of 36 Belgravia Pro-managed sites across Australia at a special virtual event last month.
Mr Linnane said with a total of 13,257 campers and 12,104 day trippers between January and November 2021 (the latest data available) in a year highlighted by inter-regional lockdowns and travel bans, there was little doubt Lake St Clair was a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
The Park was booked out between Christmas and New Year and is filling fast in the weekends leading up to Australia Day.
“Whether you want to relax and unwind or you’re searching for adventure, Lake St Clair is the perfect family-friendly destination,” he said.
“It’s great to see people getting back to the outdoors after enduring months of COVID lockdowns, and even nature is cooperating with warm temperatures and water in the dam.
“I'm pleased to say that after months of drought conditions and then a whole lot of rain and mud in November and December, the water level in the lake is back up to 75% and I'm told the fishing has been pretty good.
“If you haven’t booked a spot in January, I advise you to act quickly and contact Lake St Clair soon.”
Lake St Clair is also highlighted in Council’s capital works schedule for this year.
A total of $100,000 has been allocated for a telecommunications tower, and the Park will benefit from $525,000 from Resources for Regions Round 8 with $350,000 for a playground, $100,000 for a dump point and $75,000 for new tables and shelters.
Council is also working with Belgravia to upgrade the fish cleaning table.
This year’s projects follow $195,000 in improvements in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 including a waste Water System Upgrade, boom gate installation and replacement of picnic tables and shelters.
A business plan and Plan of Management to guide the future of Lake St Clair are also in place.
“These projects will make a huge difference to the amenity at Lake St Clair and open up the Park to even more families and campers to include the Lake on their itineraries,” Mr Linnane said.
“We should see the new projects underway mid-way through 2022 to be well and truly ready for next Christmas.”
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