$5.4m “game changer’’ tourism trail

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY JARED LOUGHNAN

Fund­ing for a unique tourism trail be­tween Yar­ra­wonga and the new Sil­ver­woods Sebel devel­op­ment has been de­scribed as a “game changer” by Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum.

Mr Drum an­nounced $2.7 mil­lion in fund­ing for the $5.4 mil­lion project last week as part of the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Re­gional Jobs and In­vest­ment Pack­ages (RJIP).

The fund­ing will as­sist in fill­ing two crit­i­cal gaps that ex­ist in the 5km Yar­ra­wonga Tourism Trail from the cur­rent main traf­fic bridge on the fore­shore to Sil­ver­woods’ new $35 mil­lion The Point devel­op­ment.

Works will in­clude con­struc­tion of a shared path­way along an 800m sec­tion of River Road to be un­der­taken by Goul­burn Mur­ray Water (GMW) and the fore­shore devel­op­ment of The Point fur­ther to the east.

Works at The Point, to be un­der­taken by Lo­tus Liv­ing, will in­clude the devel­op­ment of shared path­ways, a board­walk, jet­ties, re­tain­ing wall and view­ing plat­forms as well as land­scap­ing.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Michael McCor­mack joined Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum, Se­na­tor for Vic­to­ria Brid­get McKen­zie, Moira Shire Coun­cil CEO Mark Hen­der­son and Mayor Li­bro Mus­tica in Shep- par­ton to an­nounce the suc­cess­ful projects in the RJIP fund­ing round.

Mayor Li­bro Mus­tica said this fund­ing was a ter­rific win for Yar­ra­wonga and the Moira Shire.

“Once com­plete, this tourism trail will pro­vide safe, off road pas­sage of­fer­ing pic­turesque and un­in­ter­rupted views across Lake

Mul­wala for the thou­sands of tourists who visit the re­gion each year,” Cr Mus­tica said.

“This fund­ing will help Yar­ra­wonga un­lock its po­ten­tial by in­vest­ing in a key project to sup­port the town’s eco­nomic fu­ture.

“There is also the added ben­e­fit of on­go­ing em­ploy­ment in the con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of this new as­set.”

The trail works are ex­pected to cre­ate 23 im­me­di­ate con­struc­tion jobs and 123 on go­ing jobs.

Work on the Yar­ra­wonga Tourism Trail is ex­pected to com­mence soon.

Lo­tus Liv­ing Sil­ver­woods’ Project Di­rec­tor Daniel Smith said they have re­ceived tremen­dous sup­port from Moira Shire Coun­cil and Goul­burn Mur­ray Water to at­tract this fund­ing.

“To re­ceive sup­port from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is fan­tas­tic and will now add to the con­tin­ued devel­op­ment pipe­line of Sil­ver­woods and will con­tinue to ben­e­fit the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Smith said works will start al­most im­me­di­ately on de­vel­op­ing the board­walk and its as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture.

Goul­burn Mur­ray Water Gen­eral Man­ager of In­no­va­tion and Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Luke McNa­mara said works on the River Road sec­tion will com­mence as soon as Lake Mul­wala is drawn down from late April.

“The low­ered lake will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to do the nec­es­sary struc­tural works on the lake em­bank­ment along River Road,” Mr McNa­mara said.

Mr McNa­mara said the em­bank­ment needs fur­ther strength­en­ing against ero­sion as the bank is cur­rently be­ing com­pro­mised un­der­neath the water sur­face and caus­ing a slump­ing af­fect.

Works will then be fo­cused on re­pair­ing and widen­ing the ex­ist­ing walk­ing track cre­at­ing a bet­ter shared path­way on the high bank along­side River Road.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum said he was thrilled the re­gion se­cured one of ten Re­gional Jobs and In­vest­ment Pack­ages.

“The gov­ern­ment is fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing a strong econ­omy and with this an­nounce­ment and oth­ers in the re­gion, we have been able to part­ner with the pri­vate sec­tor to de­liver more than $18 mil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy,” Mr Drum said.

“This is a great re­sult for Yar­ra­wonga. This project was pit­ted against 31other projects put for­ward.

“It’s is a real game changer for the Mur­ray re­gion and Yar­ra­wonga,” he said.

Min­is­ter for Re­gional Devel­op­ment, Ter­ri­to­ries and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment John McVeigh said Mr Drum had been a great ad­vo­cate and the voice for lo­cal busi­nesses in the Mur­ray elec­torate.

“This $220 mil­lion pi­lot pro­gram be­ing rolled out in ten re­gions across the na­tion is de­signed to di­ver­sify re­gional economies, par­tic­u­larly those which have un­der­gone large struc­tural changes, to help drive eco­nomic growth and jobs,” Dr McVeigh said.

A mem­ber of the lo­cal com­mu­nity ref­er­ence group that helped steer the tourism trail project, Peter Dun­can said the trail will pro­vide a fan­tas­tic link from the town to Sil­ver­woods.

“This will im­prove our tourism prod­uct and as­sist in pro­mot­ing fur­ther ex­pan­sion along our im­por­tant lake fore­shore

“We are the pre­mier spot along the Mur­ray and this is an­other step in util­is­ing our area’s po­ten­tial,” Mr Dun­can said.

Gold­man’s man­u­fac­tur­ing kick start

An­drew Gold­man Ex­ca­va­tions (Gold­man) also re­ceived $966,325 in RJIP fund­ing to in­vest in a state of the art, pur­pose-de­signed fa­cil­ity for the man­u­fac­tur­ing, main­te­nance, re- pair, over­haul and en­vi­ron­men­tal wash down of in­fra­struc­ture ma­chin­ery.

Lo­cated, be­tween Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga on the Mur­ray Val­ley High­way An­drew Gold­man Ex­ca­va­tions is ide­ally placed to sup­port ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects and agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers across both NSW and Vic­to­ria. The fa­cil­ity will pro­vide world first, lead­ing edge en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment tech­nolo­gies en­gi­neered to avoid cross con­tam­i­na­tion be­tween agri­cul­tural and con­struc­tion sites.

Hand­bag thief

An of­fender en­tered a house on Irvine Pa­rade while a lady was sleep­ing some­time dur­ing the evening on Satur­day, March 24. The of­fender took a hand­bag from the kitchen bench be­fore flee­ing the ad­dress. Po­lice are re­mind­ing ev­ery­one to keep their houses locked at all times.

Op­er­a­tion NEXUS

Op­er­a­tion NEXUS will be run­ning over the Easter pe­riod from Thurs­day, March 29 un­til April 2. The ma­jor fo­cus for the op­er­a­tion will be speed, fa­tigue, im­paired driv­ing, dis­trac­tion of­fences and seat­belt com­pli­ance. There will be an in­creased num­ber of po­lice units on the road over the week­end and po­lice are ask­ing the com­mu­nity to be safe on the roads over Easter.

Po­lice re­mind mem­bers of the com­mu­nity if they re­quire po­lice at­ten­dance to call 000. If it is ad­vice you are look­ing for check the Vic­to­ria Po­lice Web­site at http://www.po­lice. vic.gov.au or call your lo­cal po­lice. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to any of­fence can con­tact their lo­cal po­lice or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000. Or sub­mit a con­fi­den­tial crime re­port at www.crimestop­persvic.com. au.

The fund­ing will as­sist in the devel­op­ment of shared path­ways, board­walk, jet­ties, re­tain­ing wall and view­ing plat­forms as well as land­scap­ing at Sil­ver­woods.

Lo­tus Liv­ing Sil­ver­woods’ Project Di­rec­tor Daniel Smith, Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum and Goul­burn Mur­ray Water Gen­eral man­ager of In­no­va­tion and Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Luke McNa­mara look at the plans for the tourism trail last week.

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