Fore­shore’s 43kms trail project bid

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil has sub­mit­ted its in­ter­est in be­ing con­sid­ered for state gov­ern­ment fund­ing to­wards the 43 kilo­me­tres Corowa Mul­wala Fore­shore Trail project.

In con­nec­tion with its Re­build­ing NSW Program, the Re­gional Growth - En­vi­ron­ment and Tourism Fund (RGETF), the NSW Gov­ern­ment has sought ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from coun­cils.

The program aims to in­crease tourism by in­vest­ing in re­gional en­vi­ron­ment and tourism in­fra­struc­ture, par­tic­u­larly fo­cus­ing on as­sets that will grow and fur­ther di­ver­sify NSW re­gional economies.

Ma­jor fore­shore up­grades at Corowa and Mul­wala are high on Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s push for grants. Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Direc­tor Cor­po­rate and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Kristy Kay said tourism prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and fore­shore im­prove­ments is a key fo­cus area for coun­cil and the com­mu­nity, and wel­comes the lat­est in­vi­ta­tion to bid for an­other project such as the 43kms fore­shore trail be­tween Corowa and Mul­wala.

“This over­all project is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to im­ple­ment two long­stand­ing fore- shore de­vel­op­ment mas­ter­plans in Corowa and Mul­wala, in ad­di­tion to con­struct­ing a bi­cy­cle trail con­nect­ing the des­ti­na­tions - also an ini­tia­tive and in­ves­ti­gated some time ago,” she said.

“The project aligns with rel­e­vant state and lo­cal strate­gic pol­icy and ob­jec­tives for tourism de­vel­op­ment and if suc­cess­ful, is ex­pected to have a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic im­pact on the re­gion.”

There is strong back­ing for the project in­cor­po­rat­ing the Corowa River­front Master­plan, the Corowa Mul­wala Trail and the Mul­wala Fore­shore Master­plan, a project ex­pected to cost $4,981,200 and in which an ap­pli­ca­tion for $3.06 mil­lion will be made un­der the program if Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil is in­vited to sub­mit a full ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ur­ban En­ter­prise was en­gaged by coun­cil to com­plete a strate­gic and eco­nomic as­sess­ment of the project which it did by the due date of April 20 for Ex­pres­sions of In­ter­est.

And coun­cil has also been work­ing with Mur­ray Re­gional Tourism who will in­cor­po­rate the project into an over­all ap­pli­ca­tion for the Mur­ray Re­gion in part­ner­ship with other coun­cils.

“Ex­pres­sions of In­ter­est will be re­viewed and short­listed projects will be in­vited to sub­mit a full ap­pli­ca­tion,” Ms Kay said.

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