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 Shepparton 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 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 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 areas 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, repair, 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.