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Thursday 30 July 2020
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Have your say on waterside improvements

As part of a review of our Murray River Experience master plan, we’re seeking your feedback about what we’re doing well at our waterside spaces, and what we could do better.

To provide that information, please visit our have a say page to share your thoughts.

We’re keen to know which areas you visit and what draws you to those places so we can plan infrastructure and other improvements to make your river or lake experience even more rewarding.

You can take part by either using our interactive map or taking the associated short survey. This will help us to determine exactly what’s needed now and what we might add in future.

The study area takes in a sweep of the Murray River from the Wonga Wetlands to the weir wall and from there, along the Lake Hume foreshore to Bowna Reserve – so it’s not only a large area, it also takes in parks, reserves and attractions that help to make our city such a great place to live.

It’s part of the bigger picture in our Murray River Experience plan, which aims to revolutionise the way we all enjoy our river and interact with our beautiful natural environment.

There are some exciting new components in that plan that are already taking shape.

For example, a milestone will soon be reached in the construction of 12 kilometres of new walking and cycling trails at Wonga, with design work now taking place on new bridges to carry walkers and riders into spectacular new areas of our beautiful riverside country to our west.

When those bridges are installed and the extension is opened, we’ll have a riverside paradise for cyclists, walkers, photographers and nature lovers in a beautiful environment that’s right on our doorstep. Not only will it open up new areas along the Murray for locals to get fit, have fun, or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of our spectacular riverside, it will also create a tourist attraction that will draw visitors from around the country and overseas.

But of course, that’s only part of the larger MRE experience.

We’ll soon open our brand new community ovens at Hovell Tree Park, creating an even better space for families and community groups to meet and eat right on the banks of the Murray, within a stone’s throw of the city centre.

We’re also excited to be progressing major plans for our Riverside Precinct development, near the ovens and adjacent to the Albury Swim Centre.

With a boardwalk, rivercraft access and picnic facilities, this precinct will be one of the jewels in our Murray-side crown. With links to the CBD and neighbouring riverside parks, the precinct will become an icon of Albury – and as we continue to work with our partners in Wodonga, all of this will eventually connect to an even greater network of parks, trails and services on both sides of the river.

The Murray is central to what defines us as a community and as both border cities continue to grow and thrive, our Murray River Experience will make Albury Wodonga an even better place to live, work and invest.

Of course, it’s been a community-wide effort to turn our riverside dream into a reality and we’re very grateful to all of the stakeholders who’ve helped to refine the plan to achieve the best possible vision for our future.

In the past, we’ve had some fantastic community feedback on how this vision should be achieved so please do help shape the next stages of the plan by having your say in our review.

By continuing to work together, our Murray River Experience will become even greater, and future generations will enjoy the very best of the experience that our remarkable waterside attractions can provide.

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