Riverside beautification plans

AlburyCity is seeking comment on proposals to create the next link in a project to improve the city’s riverside for community enjoyment.

Under the proposals, boardwalks, a floating dock, car parking, lighting, landscaping and new pathways would be built along the river’s edge behind the Albury Swim Centre and a major upgrade to parking around Australia Park and improved pedestrian access to the Oddies Creek Playground.

The project would also include important works to protect the river, including revegetation and bank stabilisation to prevent erosion.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said if the community is supportive of the proposals, Council will look to attract funding from other levels of government. “This means we could fast-track this fantastic initiative at no additional cost to Albury ratepayers”.

“If the community likes this idea and wants us to proceed, we’ll seek $5M from the NSW Government to develop the new riverside amenities while associated works will be paid for out of money Council has already set aside for Murray River Experience projects,” he said.

The draft concepts are inline with the Murray River Experience Master Plan, adopted by Council in 2007.  Some of the works already completed include the Oddies Creek Playspace, the Noreuil Park Foreshore Landscape Master Plan, the Wagirra Trail and the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk.

The aim is to create better public spaces along the river to provide new opportunities for walkers, cyclists, paddlers and nature-lovers as well as enhancing the riverside experience for residents and visitors to the city.

Through the development of Albury 2030 and the master plan, the community has expressed a strong desire for increased interaction with the river, greater access, more experiences and quality amenities.

However, before proceeding further with this next stage, Council wants to know what the community thinks. We’re asking residents to view the draft concept plans on Have A Say.

The community will have until 25 July to comment.