The Benalla community had the opportunity to ask questions on the Winton Wetlands masterplan last week.ANGELA TOWNSEND December 14, 2012 4:44am
A community meeting was held last week to inform the community of advances to the Winton Wetlands masterplan.
The masterplan outlines the vision for the future development of tourism, recreation, community, education and research facilities at the wetlands. It contains implementation plans and high-level financial analysis of various proposals for a potential $57
Winton Wetlands Committee of Management chairman Dr Dennis O’Brien opened last Thursday’s meeting at the Drill Hall in Benalla, saying ‘‘ We have worked hard to make it something that is sustainable’’.
Landscape architect Scott Adams, who has worked on the project for several years, launched into an explanation of the plan.
He said the 8750
‘‘It is a really beautiful site
It is a powerful and important site to the indigenous community and also has a colonial history.
‘‘My brief was to prepare a landscape masterplan — something that will generate employment and tourism for the region,’’ he said.
‘‘Sixteen million sounds like a lot, but it doesn’t go very far for a site this big.’’
Mr Adams said the two-stage masterplan would proceed over several years, with the first stage involving the development of recreational facilities for local and regional communities, including construction of shade structures, camping grounds, picnic and barbecue areas, lookouts, development of a general hub store and cafe and major children’s playground, educational signage, walking trails and bike paths.
The proposed inlet channel bicycle trail will extend from Benalla into a network of bike trails within the wetlands and link externally into the existing High Country cycling network, including the popular Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail.
Stage two will move towards securing private investors to fund and operate a number of attractions, with a tree-top walk, tethered balloon rides, a light and sound show and waterfront restaurant being among those possibilities mentioned.
It is planned to include an education centre and camping facilities for both private and school visitors.
It is estimated that stage one will utilise $5 million of the funding held by the committee, and an additional $2
Stage two is budgeted to expend a further $9 million of funding held by the committee as development capital, with plans to leverage this to obtain up to $16 million in matching funding or investment capital.
State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said he strongly endorsed proceeding with stage one, encouraging the committee to, ‘‘Get on and do it — do a good quality, value for money job.’’
‘‘In relation to stage two, let’s wait and see.’’
A beloved goanna sculpture that was stolen from Nathalia’s Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre last month has been found in Tongala.
Mulwala’s own motor racing sensation Steve ‘Harro’ Harrison has won the 2014 Victorian Super Tin Tops Championship.
St Augustines College, Kyabram, has won the inaugural School’s Sustainability Cup for 2014, beating several Melbourne schools.
Shaun Atkins’ 32-point performance was quickly forgotten after the Echuca-Moama Pirates suffered their biggest loss on Saturday.
As expected the Rochester Community Recreation Grants Program launched last week has already ruffled feathers within the community.
New faces for Girgarre FNC
A time to include late loved ones in the spirit of the season.
Firefighters were able to save a Finley property's buildings after a large stack of hay bales went up in flames on Monday.
Eppalock Primary School has gone global.
Three major crashes in Moira Shire in less than a week prompts Christmas warning from authorities.
Winners of the ‘Deni: All lit up’ residential Christmas lights competition were announced yesterday.
Fodder depots have been set up in Euroa and Thoona for farmers hit by the recent fires.
The rail tracks are in such disrepear V/Line is having to close the buffet car between Euroa and Seymour due to health and safety concerns to hospitality staff.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.