Wonga Wetlands destined for adventure

07 April 2014

Albury’s Wonga Wetlands could become a major tourism drawcard if plans before Council are received positively by the community.

Council last night agreed to place the Draft Wonga Wetlands Tourism Product Development Masterplan on public exhibition for the next two months to gauge community reaction to a series of recommendations to transform the site into a significant nature and adventure based destination.

The ambitious plan identifies nine product development strategies which have been grouped into high, medium and low priority.

They include improving the visitor arrival experience, development of an interpretive centre and functions/events space, improved trails and viewing platforms, a themed mountain bike course, ropes and flying fox course, better access points for canoeing and other water based activities and improvements to the lagoon ecology.

Mayor Kevin Mack says the draft masterplan presents an exciting opportunity to develop one of the city’s greatest assets. He says the Council and the community need to have a clear vision for its major assets, particularly those that have the potential to significantly improve the city’s economy, its lifestyle offer and the experiences it provides to visitors.

Councillor Mack says significant capital investment will be required to implement the recommendations, and Council will need to work with the private sector and state and federal governments to secure financial support.

He says the strategies recommended in the masterplan have been identified through consultation with local key stakeholder groups and businesses including tourism operators, sport and recreation groups, education and research organisations, relevant government departments and members of the Wiradjuri community.

“Importantly, we now want to hear what the community thinks of this plan,” Cr Mack said. “We’re placing the master plan on public exhibition for 60 days and also holding an information session on Tuesday 6 May to provide as many people as possible with the chance to have a say.”

View the Draft Wonga Wetlands Tourism Product Development Masterplan