Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Murray Riverfront to be revitalised

Media Release

WT222/2014

31 October 2014

Joint release with:

Andrew Broad

Federal Member for Mallee

Peter Walsh

State Member for Swan Hill

Les McPhee

Mayor of Swan Hill Rural City Council

Funding has been announced under the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme to rejuvenate the Pioneer Settlement in Swan Hill to create a unique experience for visitors.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had committed $1.86 million towards the Heartbeat of the Murray Experience.

“The Australian Government has committed a total of $25 million towards Victorian projects under the programme which will help strengthen and diversify the economy of the Murray Darling Basin,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said the project would develop the Heartbeat of Murray Laser show, as well as renew static displays and refurbish the Lower Murray Inn entertainment area.

“This is expected to significantly increase visitor numbers to the region which will be a great boost to the local and regional economy,” Mr Broad said.

State Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh said the creation of the Heartbeat of the Murray Experience would revitalise the Pioneer Settlement and Swan Hill's riverfront area.

“The Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement is already one of the region's biggest tourist attractions and this project will grow that status even further," Mr Walsh said.

Mayor of Swan Hill Rural City Council Les McPhee said the project would enhance the cultural visitor experience to Swan Hill.

“I look forward to seeing visitors and locals alike enjoy this great entertainment experience,” Mr McPhee said.

The Victorian Government, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Swan Hill Inc. and Friends of the Pioneer Settlement have also contributed financially to the project.

Construction is expected to start in November 2014 and be completed by June 2016.