Thrills on the lake

IF there's one person who's made the most of the Welshmans Reef Caravan Park, it's Bryce Anderson.

The third of four generations of Andersons who have spent countless weekends at the park, he has made thorough use of the still waters of Cairn Curran Reservoir.

The easy and regular access to the water helped him become the three-time barefoot waterskiing Victorian Men's 2 title holder.

"It's a very demanding sport, you need to be on the water every chance you get," Bryce said.

"Being able to stay at the lake has been a massive benefit for me."

He said if the park closed, he would need to travel more than one-and-a-half hours to Echuca for the next best barefoot skiing location.

Bryce grew up visiting the lake almost every weekend with his father, David Anderson, along with his grandfather and wider family.

David Anderson said hearing about the imminent closure had been "a shock to everyone".

"I was brought out here as a child with the family from when I was a little kid," Mr Anderson said.

"Bryce used to ski out here as a kid as well, and he developed his interest in the sport from that."

Bryce has risen through the ranks since his Victorian title and now competes in the Men's 1 category, in addition to a third-place at the national Men's 2 championships.

He wasn't the only regular visitor to have made innumerable memories on the shores of Cairn Curran Reservoir.

Jason Whatley, who has held a site for three years, said there were no other parks like it in the region.

"This is our life," he said.

Being able to stay at the lake has been a massive benefit for me. - Bryce Anderson

"We're just 10 minutes from home.

"We waterski, fish, the kids ride their bikes around, play cricket with each other and just generally socialise.

"There's nothing else like this, right here on a lake."

Mr Whatley said he might have to bring in a crane to move his caravan.

"There was just no warning about it," he said.

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