Thanks to $250,000 funding from the Federal Government, the new-look trail is the first major project to be delivered under the ground-breaking Regional Deal framework.
The work has involved the realignment of the trail into a figure-of-eight shape, with additional access points and two kilometres of new, sealed trail now completed. The realignment of the trail allows it to now be walkable in just over one hour, which is ideal for school groups and all-abilities groups to tackle in one go or over two visits.
Importantly, three new sculptures by Aboriginal artists have been installed along the trail to complement a series of art works along the walk that tell First Nations stories.
Other improvements include the installation of six new trailhead directional signs and a ‘refresh’ of existing artwork signage, as well as a refurbishment of the Horseshoe Lagoon car park, including timber bollard edging.
Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino said the trail works highlighted the commitment of the Regional Deal partners to deliver improvements to Albury Wodonga, ahead of the Deal’s formal signing.
AlburyCity Councillor David Thurley thanked the Australian Government for its support, saying the sculpture walk redevelopment had created an even more compelling drawcard for locals and visitors.
“This is just one tranche of the Deal’s tracks and trails project which will not only deliver great outdoor attractions for our community, but will also ultimately serve to further connect Albury and Wodonga, which really are Two Cities, One Community,” he said.
“This fantastic celebration of Aboriginal art and culture on the banks of the Murray River enhances the experiences of locals and visitors enjoying the walk and also serves as a signpost towards the services and projects that can be delivered by Australia’s first cross-border Regional Deal.”
The Albury Wodonga Regional Deal is a collective agreement by the Australian, NSW and Victorian governments, AlburyCity and Wodonga Council and is on track to be signed in 2021.
To support the Deal’s development, the Australian Government has provided $3.2 million for further strategic planning and projects with the local community.
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