A mas­ter­ful plan for arts precinct

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

THE Moama Bridge Arts and Meninya St mas­ter­plan is now in full swing, with stage one started and the pub­lic in­vited to con­trib­ute in­put.

Murray River Coun­cil has been work­ing closely with the project con­sul­tants (led by Ter­roir Pty Ltd and the Bridge Arts Project Com­mit­tee) to de­velop the mas­ter­plan.

Coun­cil’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism man­ager John Harvie said this was a sig­nif­i­cant stage of the mas­ter­plan de­vel­op­ment.

“The Bridge Arts and Meninya Street project will show­case the his­tory of the area, the river en­vi­ron­ment and the lo­cal land­scape through de­signs that are unique and spe­cific to Moama,’’ he said.

“This is such an ex­cit­ing and im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment for the town — both from a tourism and live­abil­ity per­spec­tive — so I would en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to pro­vide in­put where they can,” he said.

Con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions were held this week with lo­cal busi­nesses, res­i­dents, Yorta Yorta Na­tion, mem­bers of the arts com­mu­nity and coun­cil staff from both sides of the river, where a wide range of ideas and op­por­tu­ni­ties were can­vassed.

“This is a one-off chance to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial,” lo­cal busi­ness­man and res­i­dent John Ken­ley said.

“It’s crit­i­cal that we take the time to get it right.”

The precinct for the project com­prises 8 hectares of land ad­ja­cent to the new bridge, ex­tend­ing from Bound­ary Rd at the north­ern end through a kilo­me­tre of bush­land to the banks of the river.

The mas­ter­plan con­sists of five stages: ■ Stage 1 — the ur­ban anal­y­sis of Moama, a busi­ness and eco­nomic anal­y­sis of Meninya Street, for­mu­lat­ing a strate­gic frame­work and ur­ban prin­ci­ples. ■ Stage 2 — the de­vel­op­ment of an ex­pe­ri­ence plan, busi­ness op­er­at­ing model and an eco­nomic im­pact re­port. ■ Stage 3 — be­gin the de­vel­op­ment of a draft mas­ter­plan. ■ Stage 4 — an­other com­mun- ity and coun­cil con­sul­ta­tion to pro­vide feed­back on the draft mas­ter­plan. ■ Stage 5 — the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the mas­ter­plan. The project is ex­pected to be fin­ished on April 22, 2019.

The Bridge Art Project is the brain­child of lo­cal Barry Donchi who is pleased with the progress made so far.

“Af­ter six years of work by our com­mit­tee, it’s won­der­ful to see this mas­ter­plan un­der­way and the project be­ing talked about,” Mr Donchi said.

Fund­ing for the mas­ter plan was pro­vided through a grant from the Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund, which was matched by grants from Murray River Coun­cil, Cam­paspe Shire, Yorta Yorta Na­tion, VicRoads (Ma­jor Roads Projects) and the Moama Bowl­ing Club.

In­ter­ested com­mu­nity mem­bers can now also pro­vide in­put into the project via a com­mu­nity sur­vey which can be ac­cessed on coun­cil’s web­site.

The sur­vey will close on De­cem­ber 7.

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