Picnic Point is given an overdue $200K overhaul
ANOTHER of Murray River Council’s major infrastructure projects was recently completed.
The Picnic Point reserve was allocated $200,000 under the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund for landscaping, pathways, shelters, seating, barbecues, a beach shower, playground equipment and additional tourism infrastructure at the site.
MRC mayor Chris Bilkey said the works had made a huge improvement to the reserve overall.
“The improvements at the reserve are fantastic and really cement the location as a familyfriendly environment where both tourists and locals can enjoy the Murray and the beautiful surrounds,’’ he said.
“Over the summer and long weekends the population more than trebles with tourists accessing the river for recreational and water sporting activities.
‘‘The project will ensure this influx of tourists is met with attractive surrounds and facilities, encouraging them to return and support the local economy in the process.’’
The improvements were the final component of an overall management plan developed by Murray Shire in 2012 with input from the Picnic Point Committee.
Works at the reserve also include a $350,000 staged development of the carparks, boat ramp, retaining walls and pontoon, funded by NSW Roads and Maritime Services.
Member for Murray Austin Evans congratulated MRC and the committee on the project.
“It will now be a great drawcard for locals and visitors alike who want to spend time outdoors at the picturesque Murray River,’’ he said.
‘‘I know it is something my family would enjoy a great deal, and I am sure many other families in the area will feel the same.’’
This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Murray River Council.