First stage of Mildura Riverfront opens

Media Release

WT318/2015

04 October 2015

Joint release with:

Danielle Green

Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria

Glenn Milne

Mayor of Mildura Rural City Council

Andrew Broad

Federal Member for Mallee

Residents of Mildura and the surrounding region have a brand new place to visit, relax and play with today's opening of Stage One of the Mildura Riverfront project.

The Australian Government has contributed $4.8 million towards the construction and fit-out of the new attraction, the Victorian Government has provided $12 million and Mildura Rural City Council $1.5 million.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project will create new connections between the riverfront, the CBD and Mildura's established Arts precinct.

“The Australian Government's contribution to this recreational centre supports an economic action strategy to build a strong and prosperous community, as well as create jobs in Mildura and the surrounding district,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said the facility is a wonderful addition to the Mildura riverfront, providing recreational opportunities that are well suited to the region's climate.

“The layout of this area has been well thought out to allow easy access to both the park and water play area. It takes full advantage of the stunning river setting and the water playground is perfectly suited to Mildura's weather,” Mr Broad said.

“We want to get everyone outside, actively enjoying our region and this development will certainly encourage that. The Riverfront precinct is a valuable asset for Mildura and with its redevelopment it will have even greater appeal to residents and visitors alike.

“The Australian Government has recognised the importance of a high-quality infrastructure projects in regional areas and has supported the Mildura Riverfront redevelopment, as part of its commitment to strengthen rural and regional Australia.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria Danielle Green said the project had provided a substantial economic boost for the region.

“Forty jobs have already been created during the construction phase of this project, supporting much needed economic development in Mildura,” Ms Green said.

“Over many years the Victorian Government has invested strongly in Mildura and by working in collaboration with governments, business and the community we are continuing to develop vital tourism attractions and high quality recreational facilities for the local community.

“Mildura is a beautiful and iconic regional city and the Victorian Government will continue to invest in growing jobs, building infrastructure and strengthening communities in Mildura and all of regional Victoria.”

Mayor of Mildura Rural City Council Glenn Milne said the first stage of the upgrade featured a range of facilities.

“Stage One features a new children's interactive Water Play area, as well as upgrade work on the existing skate park,” Mr Milne said.

“These improvements will appeal to all ages, and effectively promote the social and physical benefits of recreational activities to those living in our community as well as visitors.”

The overall project is due for completion in late 2016.