Trail to consider land claim
An Aboriginal Land Claim on land planned for part of the Corowa-Mulwala Trial will form part of a management plan as council forges ahead with the project.
Federation Council’s councillors have backed a submission to retain care and control of Collendina Billabong/Travellers Point Reserve on Crown Land.
Council’s director corporate and community services Kristy Kay has formally advised NSW Department of Industry accordingly in response to an Aboriginal Land Claim.
“The reserve is important community recreation land and the closure of this reserve to the public would have a major impact on the local community and tourism to the area,” Ms Kay advised councillors at their monthly meeting on June 26.
“It is of high scenic quality and is frequently used for camping, fishing and boating.”
The subject land forms part of the approved 43km walking/bike track to link Corowa and Mulwala.
An invitation has been extended, by council, to any interested group to talk to council on the subject. “Council would welcome any opportunity to work with the local Aboriginal Land Council or any interested group in respect to the management plan for this reserve and any opportunities to preserve its Aboriginal heritage,” Ms Kay said.
Located along Spring Drive about half-way between Corowa and Mulwala, the reserve has one formal access track, a gravel boat launching facility and pump site.
Council cares and controls the reserve as the Corowa Shire Council Reserve Trust. The 43kn track is part of the $11 million by the NSW Government for new tourism precincts along the Murray River from Albury to Tocumwal.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin made the announcement with Mayors from Albury City, Berrigan Shire and Federation Councils in Corowa on April 4.
Mr Aplin said the new tourism corridor named the ‘Murray River Regional Experiences’ precinct will connect three major projects - the Albury Riverside Precinct, Parks and Wetlands Redevelopment, the Tocumwal Foreshore Activation and Economic Revitalisation project, and the Corowa-Mulwala Trail and Foreshore Projects - creating the ultimate river tourism experience.
“The Corowa Mulwala Trail and Foreshore Precincts’ projects will bring tourists from across Australia to Corowa, Mulwala and everywhere in between to experience the pristine surrounds and ambience on offer,” he said at the time.
“For people who love the outdoors, the Corowa-Mulwala Trial and Foreshore Precincts’ projects will be a must to see, a must experience adventure with a new 43 kilometre walking/riding trail along the Murray River for visitor to take in.”
Council has advised the Yarrawonga Chronicle the aboriginal land claim will be taken into consideration as council continues a project plan for the bike trail.