Murray Riverfront to be revitalised

Media Release


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.