A recreational fishing park in the heart of Deniliquin will be the town's newest tourist attractionZOE MCMAUGH May 9, 2014 11:15am
Deniliquin will push ahead with a new tourist attraction — a recreational fishing park — in the heart of town.
Deniliquin Council and Deniliquin RSL Fishing Club have pledged $15,000 each to the project, which will be established in the Whitelock St lagoon behind Deniliquin TAFE and adjacent the Cobb Hwy (Hardinge St).
The new park is part of the ongoing lagoon restoration program, which has also been allocated $115,000 in state funding to refurbish the Burchfield Park lagoon, situated behind Deniliquin Holden in End St.
Local Land Services, which has tipped in $50,000 for the Burchfield Park refurbishment, will oversee both projects.
Edward-Wakool Angling Association president Ian Fisher says while both projects will be an attraction for visitors, he expects the fish park in particular will draw people in from the Cobb Hwy.
‘‘It’s going to be a great educational facility,’’ Mr Fisher said.
‘‘You’ll be able to learn to fish, you can learn about the types of fish and about Indigenous areas of importance.
‘‘Located off Hardinge St, the main highway into town, people may be more inclined to stop in Deniliquin because of the fish park.
‘‘The aim is to then point people to the other lagoon projects in town, and to other (Edward River) fishing spots if they have no luck catching a fish in the lagoon.’’
The fish park project will include the rejuvenation of the lagoon in Brown’s Park, which will then be stocked with native fish.
A fishing deck will be built over part of the lagoon, and Mr Fisher said a barbecue area would also be incorporated.
The cost of the project will be shared between the Deniliquin RSL Fishing Club, Deniliquin Council and Murray Local Land Services.
Rejuvenation of the Waring Gardens and McFaull Park lagoons, in the CBD, has already been completed. Both were drained of water, the top layer of silt and European carp removed, and then restocked with native fish.
At McFaull Park, native plants were planted around the lagoon and the island turned into an easily accessible sitting area with a bird hide.
Deniliquin Council director technical services Mark Dalzell says similar works are expected in Burchfield Park.
‘‘Some of the restoration plans can start this financial year. We can start the design work and preliminary efforts and start purchasing the plants this financial year,’’ he said.
‘‘We will do the designs for both parks at the same time, but from a meeting with stakeholders it has been decided that Burchfield Park is the priority.
‘‘We have received $65,000 in funding from the Environment Trust, and Murray Local Land Services has allocated another $50,000.’’
The finer details of both projects will be discussed at council’s closed-door workshop on Wednesday night.
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