Echuca's riverfront will be transformed into an accessible, visually-attractive community space as the $5 million redevelopment gets underway.
Campaspe Shire Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the site is set to be transformed into a space that reflects the Port Precinct Vision: ‘a place to take your time, relax and enjoy yourself’.
“The redevelopment will establish an accessible and visually attractive area in the highly visited Riverboat Dock Park, while supporting existing boat operators,” Cr Weston said.
“It will be a space for exploration, events and a pleasant place to engage with activities and enjoy the natural setting of the port precinct.”
The project is being rolled out in two stages.
The first stage involves the redevelopment of the kiosk, which is now underway. Construction is due to be finished in May.
“The kiosk area will feature a café on the top deck boasting an unbeatable view of the river-based precinct and the ground level will continue to provide storage for canoes / kayaks and space for the local boat operators,” Cr Weston said.
The second stage, set to be completed by December 2019, is focused on the redevelopment of the riverfront area, including:
- Construction of sealed roadways into the riverfront from Watson Street for short term drop off, pickup and boat servicing parking
- Construction of a network of compliant footpaths throughout the site, linking to Watson Street
- Construction of a footpath connection to Murray Esplanade and the port precinct
- Establishment of soft landscaping, including grass areas, mulch under trees, gravel plaza area, and plant trees for shade
- Rearrangement of car and bus parking along the Watson Street frontage
The project has been jointly funded, with $2.6 million from the federal government, $1.3 million from the state government and $1 million from council.
The site remains open to the public and includes car parking. Some areas will be fenced off for safety during the works of stage one.
The majority of the site will be closed during the second stage of construction.
“It is an important historical site and whilst it has evolved over the years, it has always remained a highly visited park for locals and tourists. A historical timeline will be displayed on the site outlining its interesting past starting from 1850,” Cr Weston said.