Federation Council has submitted its interest in being considered for state government funding towards the 43 kilometres Corowa Mulwala Foreshore Trail project.
In connection with its Rebuilding NSW Program, the Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Fund (RGETF), the NSW Government has sought expressions of interest from councils.
The program aims to increase tourism by investing in regional environment and tourism infrastructure, particularly focusing on assets that will grow and further diversify NSW regional economies.
Major foreshore upgrades at Corowa and Mulwala are high on Federation Council’s push for grants. Federation Council’s Director Corporate and Community Services Kristy Kay said tourism product development and foreshore improvements is a key focus area for council and the community, and welcomes the latest invitation to bid for another project such as the 43kms foreshore trail between Corowa and Mulwala.
“This overall project is an exciting opportunity to implement two longstanding foreshore development masterplans in Corowa and Mulwala, in addition to constructing a bicycle trail connecting the destinations - also an initiative and investigated some time ago,” she said.
“The project aligns with relevant state and local strategic policy and objectives for tourism development and if successful, is expected to have a significant economic impact on the region.”
There is strong backing for the project incorporating the Corowa Riverfront Masterplan, the Corowa Mulwala Trail and the Mulwala Foreshore Masterplan, a project expected to cost $4,981,200 and in which an application for $3.06 million will be made under the program if Federation Council is invited to submit a full application.
Urban Enterprise was engaged by council to complete a strategic and economic assessment of the project which it did by the due date of April 20 for Expressions of Interest.
And council has also been working with Murray Regional Tourism who will incorporate the project into an overall application for the Murray Region in partnership with other councils.
“Expressions of Interest will be reviewed and shortlisted projects will be invited to submit a full application,” Ms Kay said.