New life for wa­ter­front

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

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.

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