Tourism takes tour of Urana area

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Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Tourism & Busi­ness (YMT&B) rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­cently un­der­took a fa­mil­iari­sa­tion tour of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s new Urana area.

Or­gan­ised by YMTB’s team leader Helen Co­p­land, staff, vol­un­teers and board mem­bers at­tended the fa­mil­iari­sa­tion tour along with Moira Shire and other Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tres rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“The fa­mil­iari­sa­tion tours are all about bet­ter in­form­ing and equip­ping our staff and vol­un­teers with lo­cal and re­gional knowl­edge so we are bet­ter able to ser­vice our vis­i­tors,” Helen said.

“It is our ed­u­ca­tion process to con­tin­u­ally im­prove our vis­i­tor ser­vices. Oak­lands, Urana, Morun­dah and Boree Creek are not new to us how­ever our knowl­edge was not at a level ac­cept­able to ser­vice the vis­i­tor num­bers ap­pro­pri­ately.

“Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor, Coun­cil­lor Pat Bourke boarded the bus in Urana as our hon­orary tour guide for the day.”

The tour be­gan at the car­a­van park which forms part of the aquatic cen­tre.

The aquatic cen­tre in­cludes the cre­ation of a weir that takes ad­van­tage of the nat­u­ral creek beds in Urana. The re­sult is 4.5km of ski­able wa­ter in the heart of Urana.

In­ter­pre­tive signs, pic­nic ta­bles and BBQ ar­eas on the wa­ter­front cre­ate an invit­ing stop over for any vis­i­tor.

The area is rich with bird life with a num­ber of walk­ing tracks and the golf course that me­an­dered around the nat­u­ral creek bed area.

With clo­sure of the sale yards along the creek net­work coun­cil is now plan­ning for a wa­ter front hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in the cen­tre of Urana.

“It’s hard not to no­tice the big spi­der sculp­ture on the side of the dis­used wa­ter tower cre­ated and do­nated by the fa­mous An­drew White­head,” Helen said.

“The mu­seum is sit­u­ated in the old Court House Build­ing in Urana. The late 19th century ar­chi­tec­ture of the old court house along with a great dis­play inside cre­ates a jour­ney through time from past to present. It is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence and one not to be missed.

“It was a short drive out of town to view Lake Urana from a higher van­tage point. We were briefed on the plans to cre­ate co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ships with the lo­cal In­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion to cap­i­talise on the in­dige­nous tourism po­ten­tial sur­round­ing Lake Urana.

“Lake cruises were another pas­sion of Coun­cil­lor Bourke’s who ex­plained the sun­sets over Lake Urana from a boat are sec­ond to none.”

David Faye of the Morun­dah Ho­tel ex­plained that with the sup­port of the de­ter­mined fif­teen res­i­dents of Morun­dah, a large shed was built to be­come an im­por­tant func­tions space to host var­i­ous op­eras, bal­lets, choirs and balls.

The ‘Opera House’ is a real credit to this tiny town with its tiny pop­u­la­tion.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tives of each of the or­gan­i­sa­tions said they had an en­joy­able and in­for­ma­tive day and liked the con­cept of do­ing a tour around sur­round­ing towns to be bet­ter in­formed of ev­ery­thing around them.

The race­horse “tool­box” sculp­ture in Morun­dah is the per­fect dis­play of a small town with a big per­son­al­ity.

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