Council welcomes Riverdeck funding
AlburyCity has welcomed a State Government announcement that the Riverdeck Cafe operators will receive a $250,000 grant from its Regional Visitor Economy Fund.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin confirmed the funding this month, ensuring that Albury’s most picturesque coffee spot will soon be open all year round.
“Previously the Riverdeck Cafe has only operated between November and April, closing during the colder months,” said AlburyCity Mayor Cr Kevin Mack. “With this funding the cafe operators will be able to build the facilities needed to operate all year round which is fantastic news.”
“Noreuil Park attracts 600,000 visitors a year making the Riverdeck Cafe a huge business opportunity. With this funding we have an opportunity invest in the site and build the additional facilities that will make the Riverdeck a tourism and hospitality focal point on the river.”
In May 2013 Council endorsed a planning amendment that re-classified the cafe’s land from ‘operational’ to ‘community’, paving the way for the facility to be used all year round.
“The reclassification meant that Council and lessees could undertake appropriate development on the site. This funding will now enable the development required to make the Riverdeck Cafe an all-year-round dining and function facility.”
“The upgrade will also form 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 Riverdeck Cafe will be a key component of our long term vision for a major destination precinct, encompassing the Noreuil Park foreshore, Wonga Wetlands and the Wagirra Trail.”
Mayor Mack also praised the work of the cafe’s current lessees Alex and Christa Smit, who have operated the cafe for the past two seasons.
“Alex and Christa have done a fantastic job over the last couple of years. The cafe has become hugely popular for locals and visitors and this successful funding application is a testament to their hard work.”
Find out more about the Riverdeck Cafe here