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Community drives enhanced river plans

Tuesday 24 September 2019
Refined concept plans for a major enhancement of Albury’s riverside precinct will go on public display, after councillors last night endorsed the upgraded designs for exhibition.

Refined concept plans for a major enhancement of Albury’s riverside precinct will go on public display, after councillors last night endorsed the upgraded designs for exhibition.

The designs depict the vision to revolutionise the foreshore in the Hovell Tree Park area, with riverside boardwalks, viewing decks, landscaping, tables, shelters, and picnic areas.

These latest designs have been refined drawing on community feedback received when the riverside proposal was first put to the public in a ‘have a say’ process that attracted more than 560 responses.

AlburyCity Deputy Mayor Amanda Cohn said it was an important step towards making the best use of our natural assets for the local community and visitors to enjoy.

“These exciting designs show how we can improve access to our riverside precinct for locals and visitors in a way that complements and reflects the beauty of the river and its surrounds," she said.

“We've had huge community interest in the plans for this space, and I'm really proud to see that the new designs have incorporated that feedback.”

Funded by the State Government’s Restart NSW Regional Growth Environment Tourism Fund, the riverside precinct project will enhance a suite of other improvements along the foreshore and provide better connectivity to neighbouring Noreuil Park, the Wagirra Trail and Wonga Wetlands.

The Member for Albury, Justin Clancy, said the development was an important step towards achieving the community’s goal of helping more people to enjoy the river’s attractions while protecting it environmentally.

“This precinct plan, which the NSW Government is pleased to support with strong financial backing, will connect key sections of the foreshore with better access while also seeking to protect such a sensitive environment with appropriate parking and infrastructure,” he said.

“It ensures good management and is a prudent investment in this wonderful parkland at the heart of Albury.”

The works will also provide infrastructure to support a broader range of events to activate the precinct, including  an upgrade of the community wood-fired ovens in Hovell Tree Park, which will start in October.

View the refined concept plans online, in the foyer of the AlburyCity offices in Kiewa Street, at the LibraryMuseum and the Lavington Library. Public comment is welcome until 1 November 2019.

Work on the riverside precinct will start next winter when river levels are low and is expected to take 12 months to complete.


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