Café seeks approval for year-round Murray River destination

01 August 2014

Plans for Albury's River Deck Café to operate year-round have been lodged with AlburyCity.

Lessee Alex Smit has submitted a development application to transform the café into an all-weather dining and function facility.

In April, the River Deck Cafe received a $250,000 grant from the NSW Government's Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) to put towards the café's development, which is being fully funded by Mr Smit. The RVEF is managed and administered by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The extension plans will enable the café to cater for more than 120 diners at one sitting.

Mr Smit says the lodging of the DA is a significant step towards realising a fantastic opportunity to create what will become Albury's most spectacular riverside destination.

"This is a big milestone for us, the people of Albury and future visitors to the region. We'll continue to work hard to create a special venue of which we can all be proud," Mr Smit said.

AlburyCity Mayor ,Kevin Mack, also welcomed the move, which forms part of Council's Murray River Experience Masterplan.

"We have a long term vision to invest in projects that will increase visitation along the Murray. The River Deck Cafe is pivotal in creating a major destination precinct, encompassing the Noreuil Park foreshore, Wonga Wetlands and the Wagirra Trail."

"This is a significant investment in a Council owned asset and I commend Alex and his wife Christa for their commitment and vision towards making this a reality," Cr Mack said.

Council will engage an independent third party consultant to assess the DA and make recommendations to Council. Mayor Mack said this was an important step to ensure transparency and to protect the interests of both the Council and the Lessee.