Swan Hill will get its much-awaited CBD-river connection thanks to today’s funding announcement from Member for Mallee Andrew Broad.
Mr Broad announced $1.9 million from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund at Riverside Park this morning.
The funding will allow Council to build a ground-level pedestrian crossing over the railway line, linking the CBD to Riverside Park. The crossing will likely be in the area near the intersection of McCrae and Curlewis streets.
The funding will also allow Council to build a state-of-the-art active play space and skate park at Riverside Park.
Plans for the adventure and active area include an all abilities playground will which feature a nine metre high pyramidal climbing net, a flying fox, a hip hop and sand factory.
The skate park was designed in 2017 through collaboration between local skaters, Council and a group of skate park design experts and will also be delivered with this funding.
“We are absolutely thrilled with this funding announcement,” Mayor Les McPhee said.
“The CBD-river connection and this new play space were two of the community’s highest priorities when we worked with local people to create the Swan Hill Riverfront Masterplan. As a Council, we’re pleased that we can take the next step towards delivering them,” he said.
“The pedestrian crossing will mean better access to the river for locals and visitors, taking advantage of one of our great assets – the river. It will open up all kinds of opportunities for development of that area too.
“The play space that we have planned will be a drawcard for visitors, and give local young people and families a wonderful, riverside space to be proud of.”
In addition to $1 million from State Government and $30,000 from VicRoads, Council will contribute $982,500 to complete the projects. Following today’s announcement, Council will be in a position to go to tender for a design to construct the playground and skate park, while approval and development designs are sought for the connection to the CBD and riverfront.