Echuca Riverfront (paddle) steams ahead
26 September 2014
Joint release with:
Deputy Premier of Victoria
Minister for Regional and Rural Development
Minister for State Development
- Truss and Ryan announce $3.9 million for Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment
- $4.9 million project will draw more visitors to the region and create new local jobs
- Commonwealth and Victorian governments are building stronger regions
A joint Commonwealth and State investment to complete the second stage of the Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment will create new local jobs and draw more tourists to this iconic part of Victoria.
Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss joined Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and The Nationals Member for Rodney Paul Weller are in Echuca today to announce that the Commonwealth and State governments would jointly invest $3.9 million to complete the $4.9 million second stage of the Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment.
Mr Truss said he was proud to announce the funding needed to complete the exciting local project.
“Located on the magnificent Murray River, Echuca's reputation as a visitor destination extends far and wide,” Mr Truss said.
“Echuca attracts more than 250,000 tourists to the region each and every year and the Federal Coalition Government is keen to see that grow.
“This investment will support the great work already undertaken as part of the $15 million stage one redevelopment of the Echuca Riverfront, and once complete the riverfront will draw even more visitors to Echuca and the region for a day, a weekend or longer.”
Mr Ryan said the investment would complete a number of key initiatives at the Port of Echuca including:
- The establishment of an open space to host community events, festivals, family gatherings and picnics;
- Linking the riverfront precinct with the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, the Port Precinct, the Hopwood Gardens and Riverboat Dock;
- Improved vehicle access and parking to improve the visitor experience to Riverboat Dock;
- The establishment of improved mooring access and boat servicing to ensure current operators are supported and able grow their businesses;
- Refurbishment of the former kiosk/dressing shed delivering a cafÃ© with river views; and
- Improved environmental outcomes including protection of the riverside environment, including the river red gums
Mr Ryan said this investment would create 35 new full-time jobs locally, a further 15 indirect jobs and 14 construction jobs.
“This investment secures Echuca's place as the key visitor destination along the mighty Murray River,” Mr Ryan said.
“It delivers a win-win for Echuca, with the potential to attract an additional 50,000 visitors to the region a year, while at the same time creating 35 new full-time local jobs here at the Port.
“By encouraging more visitors to the region and creating new local jobs we are supporting the local economy and providing a significant shot-in-the-arm for Echuca and the region.”
Mr Ryan said the joint Federal and State government funding would be provided through the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program—Victoria.
“This program has been designed to strengthen and diversify local economies impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan,” he said.
“The $15 million fund includes $10 million from the Federal Government and $5 million from the Victorian Coalition Government's Regional Growth Fund.
“Today's investment is a terrific example of how we can use this fund to support local economies and I look forward to returning to the Port of Echuca once this project is complete.”
Mr Ryan said the remaining $1 million needed to complete the project would be provided by the Campaspe Shire Council, with the project to be completed before the end of 2016.