Upgrade continues to deliver a revitalised Mildura Riverfront
07 October 2016
Joint release with:
Mildura Rural City Council Chief Executive Officer
Federal Member for Mallee
A revitalised Mildura riverfront is beginning to take shape and today's opening of the Langtree Connection marks a significant milestone towards completion of Stage One of the Mildura Riverfront Redevelopment Project.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the upgrade of the riverfront is a great investment in a community based project that will benefit many in region.
“The Murray River is iconic to this region and this revitalisation of the riverfront will help bring more tourist dollars to Mildura, eating in local cafes and staying at local hotels—creating local jobs,” Minister Nash said.
“The Coalition Government's investment of $4.8 million has seen the installation of a landscaped terrace, indigenous art installation and an events centre to host community events and celebrate the region's talent.
“I aim to help build the kinds of communities for our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to and facilities like this do just that.
“It has already created fifty jobs for residents through construction and five ongoing positions, and I expect to see wider benefits for the community as more tourists take advantage of what is on offer.”
The upgrade involved the construction of a pedestrian crossing across the rail corridor which now connects the Mildura Central Business District (CBD) to the Mildura Riverfront.
Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said the project has been some years in the planning.
“It is great to be part of the opening today which I know many people will enjoy,” Mr Broad said.
“The all-access Langtree Connection will prove to be a wonderful asset as it enables people to wander from one precinct to the next. The view from the top over the Murray River is outstanding and is complemented by the historic information provided as you explore the boardwalk by the water. This is another major project that has been delivered in Mildura.”
Mildura Rural City Council, Chief Executive Officer Gerard José said the Langtree Pedestrian Connection, indicates another significant component, completed towards the final phase of Stage One of the Mildura Riverfront Redevelopment Project.
“The tiered steps and ramp ways will enable a safe and easily accessible route to the riverfront, for people on foot, with a pram or in a wheelchair. The intention has always been to entice people to use and interact with our riverfront spaces more and to make the riverfront a destination in its own right. The connection will go a long way in achieving this goal,” Mr José said.
The Mildura Riverfront is a jointly funded project with the Coalition Government contributing $4.8 million, the Victorian Government $12 million, and the Mildura Rural City Council $2.3 million.