Stroke of fortune
Rowing club move gets funds backing
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.