Park View of­fi­cially open to all

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YAKOA NATYA Av­enue of­fi­cially opened at 7am to­day.

Echuca’s new­est boule­vard, run­ning off North­ern Hwy, is the fi­nal piece in a $20 mil­lion jig­saw that be­gan in 2015.

And de­vel­oper Si­mon Eish­old said the Park View Es­tate has re­leased a to­tal of 285 lots onto the mar­ket.

Some­thing he said had not been seen be­fore in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

“In recog­ni­tion of the tra­di­tional land own­ers we ap­proached the Yorta Yorta about a name for the ma­jor road in this com­plex, which has a to­tal of eight roads, and Yakoa Natya is the name they came back to us with,” Mr Eish­old said.

“We be­lieve this recog­ni­tion pays re­spect to the past, present and fu­ture of our re­gion,” he said.

With to­day’s of­fi­cial open­ing the de­vel­op­ers and in­vestors fi­nally have the chance to sit back and look at what they have achieved.

Mr Eish­old said the sale rate has been good and he was not sur­prised “given the de­mand for land on this side of the river”.

He said he felt de­vel­op­ment on his side of the river had been drag­ging com­pared with Moama.

“We think it is es­sen­tial we grow to­gether, col­lec­tively. Af­ter all, we are Echuca-Moama, not Echuca and Moama,” he added.

“That’s what we be­lieve we have given a big boost and it is a credit to so many peo­ple – from the team which has worked with us to out­side in­volve­ment such as Cam­paspe Shire and VicRoads for ex­am­ple.

“I think some of these lev­els of gov­ern­ment have been sur­prised by the work we have done here.

“It’s not just blocks of land and a few roads; much of the in­fra­struc­ture is out of sight, un­der the ground.

“And it would be re­miss if we did not ac­knowl­edge the work of Ry­lene and Bill O’Brien, who was such an in­te­gral fig­ure in the long-term de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion of this area.”

The cen­tre­piece of Park View is the lake, de­signed to man­age ex­treme wa­ter events in the es­tate, such as 30, 40 or more mil­lime­tres of rain fall­ing within a very short pe­riod of time.

Mr Eish­old said it added to the vis­ual im­pact of the area but its true pur­pose is the re­sult of some re­mark­able de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing.

“Peo­ple are all over us for ti­tles so they can start build­ing, for us that is a gen­uine cause for cel­e­bra­tion, to help all these fam­i­lies make a start, and make it here in Echuca-Moama,” he said.

“Just as we are de­lighted that vir­tu­ally every cent of that $20 mil­lion was spent within the Cam­paspe re­gion. “For us that was so im­por­tant. “But to­day, and for a few days, we will just be happy to sit back and watch the cars go­ing up and down Yakoa Natya Av­enue.”

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