As children in the 1920s and 1930s, the Loughnan brothers and sisters used to swim and fish in the lagoon behind their Melbourne Street, Mulwala property which is located near the site of the old saw mill.
It was before the Murray River was widened to help form Lake Mulwala, which incorporates that lagoon.
Construction of the lake, synonymous with Yarrawonga/Mulwala, was completed in 1939.
Beside that still-standing Loughnan home is a beautifully landscaped park called The Digger Loughnan Park, constructed in 2014.
At the end of the park, extending into Lake Mulwala, is the now recently completed Digger Loughnan Fishing Jetty.
The 6m x 11m steel construction on pylons with gum decking was built by Kennedy Builders Mulwala, courtesy of a $120,000 NSW Government Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Grant.
Digger’s widow Trisha Loughnan is delighted with both park and jetty. “It’s lovely to see people come and leisure, with nothing to bother them,” she told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“Quite a few ‘gofers’ have been fishing here.”
Trisha expressed a big thank you to former Councillor Bill Bott AM with the former Corowa Shire Council for his strong support to have a park developed on what was a bare, untidy looking block.
“The park looks lovely. I also thank the council staff (now Federation Council) – they keep it nice,” she said.
Unfortunately Digger passed away on April 14, 2009 before both the park and jetty named after him were constructed.
When asked what his thoughts would be, Trisha responded, with a chuckle: “I’d say he would have loved to come out and have a yarn – he’d find out a lot of things!”