- Next stage of the Mildura Riverfront project gets underway
- Project delivers pop-up jets, streams, BBQ, boardwalks and terraced skate park
- Precinct will attract visitors and confirms Mildura’s status as the ‘Gateway to the Outback’
Children, families and visitors will have a new place to cool off in Mildura during hot summer days with water jets, splash pools and interactive water play equipment to be developed as part of the $18.3 million Mildura Riverfront project.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan joined The Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp at Mildura today to turn the first sod for the new $2.1 million Mildura Riverfront Waterplay and Ornamental Lakes Precinct.
Mr Ryan said development of the Waterplay and Ornamental Lakes Precinct was the latest stage of the $18.3 million Mildura Riverfront Redevelopment Project, and would include:
- Extensions to the lake to include water play equipment, pop-up jets and shallows;
- A shallow stream running throughout the precinct, incorporating water play equipment;
- Shaded areas, timber boardwalks, sand pits, decking, seats, lighting and barbeques;
- Indigenous plants, landscaping and cultural heritage information; and
- A new terraced skate area extending from the existing skate park.
“This is a fantastic development that will benefit the entire Mildura community,” Mr Ryan said.
“The water play equipment will be something truly unique to Mildura, providing another drawcard for visitors and holiday makers looking to spend time in this part of our great state.
“The community can relax and cool off over the pop-up jets and in the shallows or simply relax in the shaded areas.
“It will become a great place to walk the pet dog and a perfect location to spend time with family and friends enjoying a barbecue.
“Skaters have not been left out, with the large terraced skate space set to add to what is already a terrific and well used skate park.”
Mr Crisp welcomed the Deputy Premier to Mildura and said The Nationals, as part of a strong Coalition Government team, were continuing to deliver for Mildura.
Mr Crisp said the Mildura-based King Construction Group had been awarded the contract for this component of the development. In addition, the project included the redevelopment of the East/West promenade, the Rowing Club and Langtree Avenue pedestrian connection.
“I am proud to be here today alongside the Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan to mark the beginning of another important step in delivering the transformative Mildura Riverfront Redevelopment,” Mr Crisp said.
“This $18.3 million project, $12 million of which is funded through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, is stimulating the local economy, is set to boost tourism and confirms Mildura’s status as the ‘Gateway to the Outback’.
“I will continue to advocate strongly for Mildura to ensure we continue receiving strong Coalition Government support and investment.”
Mr Crisp said construction on the Waterplay and Ornamental Lakes precinct would begin shortly, with the Waterplay area to be completed by April 2015 and the remaining works completed by the second half of 2015.
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