Pic­nic Point is given an over­due $200K over­haul

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Char­mayne Al­li­son

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.

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