Visitors to Greens Lake are reaping the benefits of a new toilet and shower block, which was officially opened on Friday.
The replacement of the previous toilets, which had been out of order for two years, was a part of the Pick My Project initiative run by the State Government and Goulburn Valley Water.
Communities were able to put forward a project and then ask people to vote for them, with those gaining the most votes receiving funding.
The Greens Lake amenity block received a grant of almost $200,000 after 434 people voted for the project.
Parliamentary secretary for regional Victoria Danielle Green officially opened the facility.
“For a project like this in a small area to have attracted enough votes to get the funding is a real tribute to a small, local community,” she said.
“It just shows they’re very caring about their own community and proud of Greens Lake and they want it to be an even better place to visit.”
It was the third toilet block Ms Green opened last week, two of which were funded through Pick My Project.
“There were over 20,000 votes cast for projects in the Loddon/Campaspe region; it just shows people power can deliver small projects like this and people have really welcomed community engagement,” she said.
“In such a dry climate and terrible summer we’re having, our water assets like Greens Lake are just so important for people’s physical, mental and emotional health.”
Chair of the Rochester Campaspe Water Service committee Richard Anderson said at times they had between 80 and 100 people camping at the lake.
“It’s used by a lot of locals, not just campers, for fishing and skiing,” he said.
“When things get really tough it's those recreation and sporting facilities that bring the community together — if we let that go, we’ve got nothing.”
Mr Anderson said more work would be done over the next 12 to 18 months to further improve the area, such as upgrading the boat ramp, designating camping spots and installing public barbecues.
“This is a recreational asset for the local area and obviously for visitors passing through — the new toilet block is just the start of it,” he said.