- Deputy Premier inspects progress of the Bright Foreshore redevelopment
- Announces $150,000 for $200,000 planning strategy in Alpine Shire
- Victorian Coalition Government supporting regional tourism towns
Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan yesterday inspected progress of the $525,000 Bright Foreshore Redevelopment Project.
During his visit, Mr Ryan also announced Victorian Coalition Government funding for the Alpine Better Places project.
Mr Ryan, who was joined by The Nationals Member for Benalla Bill Sykes and The Nationals Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy, said the foreshore redevelopment was made possible by a $300,000 investment from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
“This important local project is revitalising the Centenary Park precinct,” Mr Ryan said.
“I am glad to see that work is progressing and remains on track to be completed before the busy summer tourist period.
“Centenary Park is one of the most visited sites in Bright, with this project set to transform the foreshore area, further enhancing this already wonderful community asset.”
Mr Ryan said the project involved:
landscaping and additional shade; redevelopment of the splash park; installation of new lighting; and new path connections into the CBD and river trails.
Dr Sykes said he was pleased with the progress being made at the site.
“This project will create a point of difference for Bright, enhancing tourist visitations and increasing their length of stay,” Dr Sykes said.
“The new path connections into the CBD will also draw more visitors into the main shopping areas of town, providing a boost for local traders.”
Mr Ryan also announced yesterday that the Coalition Government would invest $150,000 from the Regional Growth Fund to enable the Alpine Shire Council develop a new planning and engagement strategy for Bright, Porepunkah and Myrtleford.
Mr Ryan said the $200,000 Alpine Better Places planning and engagement strategy would outline plans for the renewal of key public spaces in the three townships.
“All three communities are tourist hotspots, with natural features that include the Ovens River in Bright and Porepunkah, and Happy Valley Creek in Myrtleford,” Mr Ryan said.
“The focus of the project will be to plan for public infrastructure upgrades, enhancing each township’s ‘sense of place’ and encouraging new investment and population retention.”
Mr McCurdy, whose existing seat of Murray Valley will be renamed Ovens Valley and include Bright following the 2014 Victorian Election, welcomed the investment and said it was important the Victorian Coalition Government continued to invest in these communities.
“We all know that these areas are popular visitor destinations and wonderful places to live, however this hasn’t happened overnight,” Mr McCurdy said.
“These communities have grown their population and tourism base through hard work over many long years and this work needs to continue if they are to remain strong.
“I am proud to say that The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, are right behind the community as they continue to develop this magnificent part of Victoria.”
The Alpine Better Places planning and engagement strategy project will be complete by the end of 2015.
Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731