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Murray River improvements
The Murray River at Albury is among the city's greatest natural attributes.
Since 2007, AlburyCity has invested more than $5M on improvements to the city's river frontage under the guidance of the Murray River Experience Master Plan (MREMP).
Albury's Murray River frontage encompasses 1200 hectares of open space in eight identified sites from Wonga Wetlands to Table Top Reserve. The MREMP incorporates 45 kilometres of river frontage and 37 kilometres of Lake Hume frontage, and provides a myriad of experiences from commercial to recreation opportunities.
The main principles of the MREMP are to:
- Strengthen the relationship between the community and the Murray River
- Provide greater access to the Murray River
- Provide quality amenities in open space areas
- Extension of existing significant pathways that link open spaces and residential areas
- Promote and develop a diversity of experiences
- Link the Murray River to major communities and places
- Significantly improve the health and wellbeing of the Murray River
- Protect and improve viewing points to and from the Murray River
- Promote the Aboriginal community's connection with the River
Among the many improvements completed so far are:
- Installation of new timber bollards
- More BBQ facilities
- The award winning community wood fired oven and shelter
- Oddies creek adventure playground and public amenities
- New boat ramp and parking at Kremur Street
- Upgrade to the river deck cafe
- New lighting through the Noreuil Park Foreshore
One of the most significant projects is the development of the Wagirra Trail.
The project vision is a 70km trail linking Albury's central riverside areas to the Weir Wall and Lake Hume.
The current priority is to provide a continuous 15 kilometre trail from Mungabareena Reserve to Wonga Wetlands, incorporating the central riverside parks at Noreuil.
Alburycity is currently constructing the 2.6km link from Kremur St boat ramp to Wonga Wetlands. Once complete, the community will be able to enjoy the magnificent Murray River views from Noreuil to Wonga Wetlands. The walk is accessible by users of all skill levels.
Kremur Street Boat Ramp
The Murray River Experience Master Plan identified greater access to the Murray River as one of the main study objectives.
One of the provisions proposed was to expand Albury's boat and canoe launching facilities, to meet anticipated growing demand. Expansion of Albury's boating infrastructure had not been completed in over 50 years.
The Kremur Street Boat Ramp project received funding from Roads and Maritime Services under the Better Boating Program. The $1.2M redevelopment included construction of a boat ramp, fish cleaning station and 20 car and 20 car/trailer park, installation of picnic tables and an amenities block. The project was constructed by AlburyCity Wagirra Trail project team.
Oddies Creek Adventure Playspace
Oddies Creek Park is the first area of riverside parkland visitors see when travelling into New South Wales from Victoria. It forms part of the gateway to Albury and an ideal site for a regional play space.
Since opening, the playspace has proven extremely popular with locals and visitors to Albury.
AlburyCity invested $922K in the Mary Jeavons Landscape designed play space and secured $408K of government funding from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.
The project included the construction of BBQ facilities and amenities block, extensive landscaping including fencing of the area. The play space has features attractive to children of all ages and abilities, from babies to teenagers to stimulate physical, social and imaginative play experience.
The timber play structures include swings, slides, super nova, rockers, decks, a giant flying fox and extensive landscaping.
The $1.3M Oddies Creek Playspace project was entirely managed by AlburyCity, which delivered within the time and budget requirements stipulated under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP) contract agreement.