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.