Works to upgrade the Lake Barrington Rowing Precinct in the Kentish municipality have been completed, ensuring the precinct remains a premiere rowing course in Tasmania.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler, said the redevelopment would encourage uptake and participation in the sport.

“Lake Barrington has long been synonymous with rowing, hosting State and National rowing championships, school groups and club training events over a number of years,” Senator Chandler said.

“The upgrade guarantees the future use of the site to train the next generation of Tasmanian rowers.

“Other recreational groups including dragon boaters, canoeists and water skiers will also be able to utilise the facility.”

The project included the refurbishment of the Davies Bay Lodge and finishing tower, construction of a café and amenities complex, installation of new seating, and replacement of the existing rotunda.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $750,000 investment in sporting infrastructure would provide long term benefits to those who frequent Lake Barrington.

“With the original site the host of the 1990 World Rowing Championships, the facilities were in need of an upgrade,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Following this upgrade, Rowing Tasmania will be able to hold both State and National rowing events which will prove to be a really boon for not just the rowing community, but all of the surrounding areas.”

This project received $750,000 in funding from the Australian Government under the Community Development Grants Programme, and $67,916 from Rowing Tasmania.