Work still going ahead in the new year despite losing Federal Government funding.JESS CRAIG December 30, 2013 4:53am
Work on the Moama beach upgrade will start early in the new year.
Murray Shire Council announced in November it would push ahead with stage one of the upgrade, despite losing more than $230,000 in Federal Government funding.
In October, Regional Development Minister Warren Truss said round five projects announced under the Regional Development Australia Fund before the September election would not proceed.
The former Labor Government had committed $233,699 under the fund to the beach project earlier in the year.
Murray Shire Council was also to contribute almost $125,000 to the upgrade, which would have seen new roadworks and paths to improve vehicle and pedestrian access, as well as the construction of a carpark, retaining wall and other aesthetic improvements.
Murray Shire general manager Greg Murdoch said works on the beach would go ahead in 2014.
‘‘Council has a $50,000 allocation in its current budget to make a start on the Moama beach project, with funds in subsequent years,’’ he said.
‘‘This work is just part of the overall plan already adopted by council, the $50,000 is just to get the project started.’’
The allocation will be used to install bollards at the beach, build a dedicated gravel carpark and improve access roads.
In November, Murray River Holiday Park owners Rex and Robyn Salt welcomed news the shire would start some improvement works.
Their park is within walking distance of the beach and the couple believed it could be a real tourist attraction, if given the right attention.
‘‘We send our guests down there and, while we don’t get a lot of feedback from them, the beach certainly needs some work,’’ Mrs Salt said.
‘‘There are no toilet facilities or picnic tables, so perhaps some consideration could be given to that.’’
Mrs Salt said people would appreciate it if the road down to the beach was sealed.
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