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Grant awarded to fix rotting wharf

Deniliquin Council have received a grant to fix the local wharf.

TYLA HARRINGTON December 17, 2013 4:30am

Deniliquin Council has received a $30,000 grant to fix the Deniliquin wharf.

Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick said the refurbishment works would begin at the start of 2014.

Council applied for funding under the Roads and Maritime Better Boating Program to undergo a refurbishment of the wharf area, which is located behind Deniliquin’s Peppin Heritage Centre.

Cr Renwick said works to be carried out were yet to be confirmed, however they may include pouring concrete on top on the timber decking to make it more resilient.

Plans also include an upgrade to the stairs behind the Peppin Heritage Centre and improved access from the walking track to the wharf.

Restoration of the public wharf began in November after community members aired concerns that it was not at a standard locals or visitors deserved.

However, the works only included repairing damage.

‘‘Most people thought something needed to be done,’’ Cr Renwick said.

‘‘The river is most important ... it attracts tourism to Deni.’’

The rejuvenated wharf will help improve the aesthetics of the area, which is a key viewing vantage point on the Beach to Beach Walk.

There has been public criticism about the ageing and rotting wharf and its safety.

Deniliquin tourism officer Denise Thomas believes once the works are completed more people will use the area and access the Deni CBD at the same time.

She says it will mean people can ‘‘easily walk up and have access to the CBD including cafes and the heritage centre’’.

‘‘It’s wonderful not only for the visitors but for the locals as well,’’ she said.

‘‘The wharf is a great asset to Deniliquin.

‘‘I’m so thrilled that council has received the grant, it’s fantastic news.’’

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