Council adopts Gateway Island Master Plan
Tuesday 26 February 2019
The Gateway Island Master Plan was adopted at Wodonga’s December Council Meeting with almost 400 submissions and comments received. The comprehensive plan will set out a blueprint for the development, enhancement and protection of the site.
Located to the north of Wodonga’s urban area, Gateway Island provides a meeting point between the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga. With regional tourism growth and steady population increases, the Master Plan highlights opportunities for maximising entertainment, recreation, arts and cultural activities within the precinct.
As part of the master plan, a set of key recommendations have been provided in terms of the river, environment, social activity and amenity, connectivity, history, arts, culture and tourism. Some of relevance to the business community include:
- Provision of Holiday Park facilities starting with low cost options and developing the product to include cabins and glamping as an eco-tourism option
- Land and water based adventure facilities
- Integrated food and farm gate facilities and restaurant options
- Arts and learning precincts taking advantage of existing indigenous cultural aspects of the island
- Expansion of the existing Burraja Indigenous Cultural and Environmental Discovery Centre, utilising their current site but also extending their footprint on the riverfront and in to land around the village adding to the cultural significance of Gateway Island.
- Development of a Riverine Native Botanic Gardens and nursery
- Development of Major Events Precinct
- Enhanced cycling and adventure tourism products
- Quarry operations
With ongoing development, Gateway Island is expected to become a significant drawcard for both locals and visitors. As a result, direct opportunities will be created for tourism, hospitality and leisure operators, as well as the arts and cultural sector, with significant flow-on benefits for other industries.
The Master Plan and supporting documents can be found here.
Another #TwoCitiesOneCommunity initiative.