Stroke of for­tune

Row­ing club move gets funds back­ing

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX LUT­TRELL

THE New Nor­folk Row­ing Club will ap­ply for al­most $1.2 mil­lion in fed­eral fund­ing to get its highly an­tic­i­pated Es­planade re­lo­ca­tion un­der way next year, club pres­i­dent Pe­ter Ni­chols says.

It comes af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment granted the club $575,000 un­der the Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Fund to fa­cil­i­tate the first stage of its $2.3 mil­lion re­lo­ca­tion to the western shore of the Der­went River

The fund­ing will en­able con­struc­tion of a new build­ing for stor­age, new row­ing docks and a ramp, as well as as­sist with the es­tab­lish­ment of a pro­posed Der­went Val­ley Aquatic Cen­tre.

The cen­tre will serve as a home to row­ing, kayak­ing and com­mu­nity-based events and will form part of the project’s sec­ond stage.

In June the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil en­dorsed the row­ing club’s site on the Es­planade af­ter com­mit­ting to fund­ing up to $300,000 ear­lier this year. The club will con­trib­ute $275,000 to the project.

Club pres­i­dent Pe­ter Ni­chols said he spoke to Tas­ma­nian Se­na­tor Jonathon Du­niam last week­end to dis­cuss the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s po­ten­tial match­ing of com­bined fund­ing from the club, coun­cil and State Gov­ern­ment, to­talling $1.15 mil­lion.

Mr Ni­chols said the club would ap­ply for the fund­ing un­der the Re­gional Jobs and In­vest­ment Pack­age by the Oc­to­ber dead­line.

“[Mr Du­niam] was pos­i­tive but there’s no guar­an­tee, it's a highly com­pet­i­tive process,” he said.

“The project will suit­ably be com­menced in the New Year.”

In June, the coun­cil voted to en­dorse the rec­om­men­da­tions of Op­tion C for the project.

This in­cludes the pos­si­ble de­mo­li­tion of the care­tak­ers’ house and a re­align­ment of the en­trance to the car­a­van park to fa­cil­i­tate the work.

Mean­while, the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil will also re­ceive a grant of $59,575, match­ing funds for its wa­ter­front re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project on the New Nor­folk Es­planade.

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