Trail to con­sider land claim

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

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 43km 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.”

Greg Aplin MP-

Mem­ber for Al­bury Is avail­able for in­ter­views

Please con­tact: 02 6021 3042 al­bury@par­lia­ment.nsw.gov.au

Coun­cil has ad­vised the Free Press the abo­rig­i­nal land claim will be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion as coun­cil con­tin­ues a project plan for the bike trail.

An Abo­rig­i­nal Land Claim on land planned for part of the Corowa-Mul­wala Trail will form part a man­age­ment plan as coun­cil forges ahead with the project.

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