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Positive year ahead for Deniliquin community

Two potential developments has forged a positive future for Deniliquin.

CASS SAVELLIS February 11, 2014 4:45am

Summit site manager Mike Rose, Business Chamber executive officer Lisa Berges, Business Enterprise Centre advisor John Vincent and Deniliquin Deputy Mayor Ashley Hall.


Business Chamber executive officer Lisa Berges believes ‘‘Deniliquin is on the brink of resurgence’’ after Deniliquin Deputy Mayor Ashley Hall outlined a number of potential developments at a chamber members’ roundtable meeting on Friday.

Cr Hall said he was hopeful the proposals for an abattoir re-opening and state-of-the-art ethanol plant would come to fruition.

The deputy mayor, who is also a local real estate agent, also believes the local housing market is picking up and that the town is closer than ever to getting a natural gas connection.

Mrs Berges said Friday’s roundtable meeting gave confidence to chamber members and business owners of a positive year ahead.

The meeting was held at BIG4 Holiday Park with about 12 people attending.

Mrs Berges said the added assurance of communication between state and local Edward River stakeholders had also helped buoy chamber members’ outlook.

Only last week, the Deniliquin Business Chamber wrote to relevant state ministers for an assurance river levels would be guaranteed for peak tourist periods.

A hot topic for Deniliquin Council also, Cr Hall assured business leaders they would have a say through council’s proposed river working group.

While still being finalised, he said local stakeholders and state organisations are to receive invitations to join the group in the near future.

‘‘This is a council driven committee that will work through any issues and have all members on a common wavelength on the state of the river,’’ he said.

‘‘It should be all up and going in the next month with an aim to have any interested groups associated with the river including the fishing club, skiing club, State Water and Murray Irrigation involved.

‘‘We want key stakeholders to be well briefed and then the group can also act as a reference to other people with any enquires about the river.’’

Chamber executive officer Lisa Berges said ‘‘chamber welcomes a community group set up by council’’.

‘‘We encourage council to investigate how to create a workable solution, although it is never going to please everyone with the results,’’ Mrs Berges said.

‘‘The change in river levels throughout the year is certainly a contentious issue and one that has been around for many generations,’’ Mrs Berges said.

‘‘I appreciate that river heights have an environmental impact but I would like to see more balanced discussions representing concerns from an economic and tourism perspective.

‘‘One would suggest a vibrant river system that allows various water activities throughout the year is vital.

‘‘Considering environmental factors, chamber hopes that future discussions will investigate and explore a myriad of factors and the various stakeholders that this issue affects.’’

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