New life for waterfront
THE official opening of the Derwent Valley waterfront revitalisation project has been labelled a boon for New Norfolk.
Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans said the new pontoon was a “significant boost for the Derwent Valley.”
“The benefit is the recreational aspect and increased accessibility for all ages,” he said.
Cr Evans cited the expediential growth of tourism numbers in the region.
“By increasing the usability and access to the park and amenities we hope to continue that trend,” he said.
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development Mark Shelton said the full potential of the waterfront could now be realised.
“New public amenities, playground equipment and safer waterfront access to the Derwent River will make this a drawcard for the Derwent Valley for decades,’’ Mr Shelton said.
Tasmanian Senator Jonathon Duniam agreed.
“These upgrades increase accessibility to the waterfront for people of all ages and abilities,” Senator Duniam said.
“The Esplanade has traditionally been the main hub for the community to come together for various social activities and sporting events. It’s great that we’ll now see more people getting out and involved along the waterfront.”
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who committed $600,000 on behalf of the Federal Government, hailed the project as an important piece of infrastructure for both locals and visitors.
“The revitalised Esplanade will create a more attractive destination for visitors to the region and provide better public amenities and recreation facilities for the whole community,” Mr McCormack said.
The precinct includes a campground and swimming pool.
“The Esplanade can now become a place for regular events and is a real asset to our community,” Cr Evans said.
The project was jointly funded by the Derwent Valley Council and the state government who contributed $76,659 — plus $22,000 in kind — and $59,575 respectively.