New kayak ramp a city first
Paddlers will have new access to the Murray River, under plans by AlburyCity to build a kayak launching/destination ramp at Waterview Road in West Albury.
The ramp, which will be the city’s first dedicated kayak/canoe ramp, will provide safe and easy access for paddlers to scenic stretches of the river along the popular Wagirra Trail.
It will not be accessible to motorised craft.
Car parking facilities will also be developed, to enable easy pick-up and drop-off for paddlers of all abilities.
The ramp will be developed on an ‘oxbow’, or anabranch of the river, meaning paddlers will enter a quiet stretch of water that provides access to the main river channel. It’s anticipated that many paddlers will choose to use the ramp as a destination point after travelling downstream from Noreuil Park or other upstream locations.
Although the anabranch is likely to dry out over the colder months when the river falls due to reduced irrigation demands, it will provide excellent access during times of peak demand over spring, summer and early autumn.
Adding to our wetlands wonders
The project is part of council’s Wonga Wetlands Tourism Master Plan which aims to further develop the stunning stretch of riverside that offers walking, cycling, sightseeing and paddling to locals and visitors.
It’s hoped the new ramp will offer important lifestyle benefits to local river users while also presenting opportunities for tourism operators to expand existing operations or offer new ones.
The construction phase will involve some vegetation removal, including the destruction of invasive willow species, but will not have a significant environmental impact on the riverside.
The ramp will be fully accessible to disabled people.
Council’s Wagirra Team is expected to start work on the project in May when river levels are likely to fall.