$11 mil­lion for our river projects

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many years” with the $11 mil­lion fund­ing “bring­ing to­gether three projects linked along the Mur­ray”.

“These projects will gen­er­ate a huge re­turn on in­vest­ment, at­tract­ing an ad­di­tional 365,000 tourists to the re­gion each year, di­rectly cre­at­ing new lo­cal jobs in the tourism in­dus­try and ul­ti­mately en­sur­ing that tourists stay longer and spend more in our lo­cal towns and cities,” Mr Aplin said.

“The Mur­ray River on the NSW bor­der is one of the most stun­ning wa­ter­ways in Aus­tralia and it will now have the con­nected tourism cor­ri­dor it de­serves.”

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke was more than thrilled to hear of the fund­ing for what is re­ferred to as the ‘Mur­ray River Re­gional Ex­pe­ri­ences’ precinct, which takes the to­tal shared in­vest­ment to $20.6 mil­lion.

“To say that Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil is thrilled to re­ceive this fund­ing is an un­der­state­ment,” he said.

The de­liv­ery of this project will en­sure sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the wider NSW Rive­rina Mur­ray re­gion for years to come.

“The Corowa Mul­wala Trail and Fore­shore Precincts’ projects will bring tourists from across Aus­tralia to Corowa, Mul­wala and ev­ery­where in be­tween to ex­pe­ri­ence the pris­tine sur­rounds and am­bi­ence on of­fer.

“For peo­ple who love the out­doors, the Corowa-Mul­wala Trial and Fore­shore Precincts’ projects will be a must to see, a must ex­pe­ri­ence ad­ven­ture with a new 43 kilo­me­tre walk­ing/rid­ing trail along the Mur­ray River for visi­tor to take in.

“The Corowa River­front re­de­vel­op­ment will re­vi­talise Corowa’s river­front and im­prove lo­cal and visi­tor ac­cess to the river, cre­at­ing a des­ti­na­tion to en­cour­age out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and in­ter­ac­tion with the en­vi­ron­ment such as gen­eral sight­see­ing, bush­walk­ing, fish­ing, bird watch­ing, pic­nics, bar­be­cues and recre­ational boat­ing.”

Cr Bourke ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to coun­cil staff. “I thank all the coun­cil staff in­volved, es­pe­cially the hard work of Kristy Kay (Di­rec­tor Cor­po­rate and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices) and Ken­dall Reid (Man­ager Cus­tomer and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices) in putting to­gether the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing,” the mayor said. “It wouldn’t have hap­pened with­out their ex­cel­lent work.”

Also pleased to hear the an­nounce­ment first hand were Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil­lor Gail Law and for­mer long serv­ing Corowa Shire Mayor Gary Poidevin.

“Work ac­tu­ally started on the fore­shore up­grade soon af­ter How­long joined Corowa Shire, about 2004,” Mr Poidevin said. “It was in the days of BCMH (Busi­ness Corowa Mul­wala and How­long) Com­mit­tee.

“We were all try­ing to get a tourist link along the Mur­ray River and now we, Fed­er­a­tion, Ber­ri­gan and Al­bury coun­cils, are get­ting it is great news. We’re go­ing to re­ally have the river flow gen­tly past the in­vest­ment in tourism!”

May­ors of Al­bury, Kevin Mack and the Mayor of Ber­ri­gan, Matthew Han­nan ex­pressed their de­light in the fund­ing an­nounce­ment, as did Mur­ray River Tourism’s CEO Mark Fran­cis who has ad­dressed Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil at monthly meet­ings (see sep­a­rate story on this page).

Cy­clists and walk­ers will love the 43km Corowa-Mul­wala Trail.

At Row­ers Park Corowa for the big an­nounce­ment by Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin (sec­ond from right) were May­ors of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil (Pat Bourke), Kevin Mack (Al­bury City Coun­cil) and Matthew Han­nan (Ber­ri­gan Shire)

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke with coun­cil staff Kristy Kay (left) and Ken­dall Reid.

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