Green light for Tocumwal plan

March 03, 2017

Funding is now the only obstacle standing in the way of a major redevelopment of the Tocumwal Foreshore.

Berrigan Shire Council last week approved a development application for the project, worth almost $2million, which will include a splash park, amphitheatre and other improvements.

Mayor Matt Hannan said it was an exciting step in the development process, which he hoped would get started in the second half of this year.

He stressed, however, the timeframe was still dependent on obtaining necessary funds.

‘‘The project timing is centred around the $1.6million we’ll require to undertake the redevelopment,’’ Cr Hannan said.

‘‘If we can’t get the entire amount in our grant applications, we’ll look at doing the project in stages.

‘‘Our priority will be the splash park. We already have the river and the swimming pool, and when we get a splash park we’ll be able to offer water activities to children with different levels of water skills.

‘‘It will add an extra dimension for the younger crowds.’’

Cr Hannan said splash parks were popular with families, and had been known to attract tourism is other regions.

He said council was drawing on ideas from existing parks for its designs, including one at Bendigo.

Council is also planning a trip to Yarrawonga in the near future to get some ideas from its new splash park development.

Berrigan Shire Council staff are in the process of preparing an application for the full $1.6million under the Building Better Regions Funding program offered by the NSW Government.

The foreshore is expected to be developed over the next 10 to 15 years, with the initial design stage already completed.

The splash park and play space will be stage two, and a river walk will be stage three.

The subsequent stages will include streetscape works, the development of an amphitheatre, improvement to the visitor information centre (to create a second storey) and the town square.

The final stage will be flood protection levee upgrades.

All are detailed in a foreshore master plan, which was commissioned to draw the individual projects together in the foreshore precinct to ensure they were holistically integrated and located in the best place for their purpose.

The project process to date includes inception, community engagement, site analysis and investigation, discussion of draft options, presentations to Berrigan Shire councillors and adoption of the masterplan prepared by Liesl Malan Landscape Architects.

—Kacee Johnston

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