Green Light for a Chance at Funding

Thursday 24 August 2017

AlburyCity, in conjunction with Berrigan Shire and Federation Councils, submitted an application to the NSW Government’s Regional Growth: Environment and Tourism Fund in October, seeking $11 million for the Murray River Regional Experiences.

Following a rigorous Expressions of Interest stage, AlburyCity was selected to work with its neighbouring NSW councils to submit an application for a share of the $100 million available in the first funding stage.

The project seeks to realise the potential of the Murray River in this region by combining major proposals from each of the local government areas involved. Extending over 60km of Murray River frontage, the project includes experiences that are unique to the region, offering immersive, active and culturally significant attractions for both visitors and residents.

The Albury element of the project will include upgrades to existing riverside parks, the construction of a Visitor Education & Experience Centre at Wonga Wetlands, the first stage of the Riverside Precinct development and extension of the Wagirra Trail.

With a firm emphasis on the development of public infrastructure and tourism development, the major benefits to the local economy will flow from increased visitation and extended length of stay, and estimates of 365,000 visitors per annum are projected once the project is complete.

Direct revenues generated through associated new business opportunities including guided tours, bike hire and wetland experiences, will also provide opportunity and benefit to entrepreneurs and the city at large.

With a strong focus on the facilitation of environmental tourism, family recreational activities, and commercial operations, AlburyCity, Berrigan Shire and Federation Councils are determined to put their collective best foot forward, in their bid to attract funding for this important project.