- Oxley Recreation Reserve set for significant upgrade
- Victorian Coalition Government invest $70,000 towards $112,000 project
- Upgrade will deliver improved facilities for RV and caravan enthusiasts
Oxley Recreation Reserve will be a more attractive destination for locals and tourists with a $112,000 upgrade set to rebuild toilets and showers, provide better facilities for recreation vehicles and caravans, and redevelop the main pavilion.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan joined The Nationals Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy at Oxley to announce the Coalition Government would invest $70,000 to support the upgrade.
The Coalition Government’s investment would be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, with the Rural City of Wangaratta contributing $25,000 and the Oxley Recreation Reserve Committee of Management $8,000 and a further $9,000 in-kind.
Mr Ryan said the upgrade would include the installation of a recreational vehicle dump point, rebuilding the toilets and showers and construction of undercover patio.
He said there would also be significant works to improve the main pavilion including new flooring, electrical upgrades and installation of reverse cycle air conditioning.
Mr Ryan said Oxley Recreation Reserve had been a popular local visitor destination since it was established in 1865.
“Over recent years, the reserve has begun to show its age and is now in desperate need of a redevelopment,” Mr Ryan said.
“The poor condition of the toilet and shower facilities, as well as a lack of suitable facilities to dump caravan and RV waste, was turning people away.
“By investing in this vital upgrade we are encouraging visitors back to this great location, which will ultimately benefit the broader region by having more tourists visiting the area and spending their hard earned money.”
Mr McCurdy welcomed the investment and paid tribute to the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, which will provide the RV dump point infrastructure at no cost.
“Thanks to the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia’s generosity there will be no user charges to dump RV or caravan waste here at Oxley Recreation Reserve - a great outcome,” Mr McCurdy said.
“These new caravan and RV facilities will encourage this ever growing segment of the tourism market to spend a night, a weekend or a week here at Oxley, and having access to these facilities free of charge is further encouragement.”
Mr McCurdy said the project would be finished by October next year.
He went on to say the investment here at Oxley was another example of how this region was continuing to benefit from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
“The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, fought hard to secure investments such as the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to deliver much-needed funding to regional and rural communities,” Mr McCurdy said.
“Thanks to the Regional Growth Fund, this region has received funding to deliver more than 30 local projects that would have otherwise struggled to get off the ground but are making a big difference to local communities.
“I am committed to working hard on behalf of the people of this region to ensure we continue to receive our fair share of funding through initiatives such as the Regional Growth Fund.”
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