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Mulwala land target nears halfway mark

Mulwala's contribution target for acquiring the prime piece of land at 18-22 Melbourne Street next to the old Locomotive J605 has almost reached the half-way mark.

ROBERT MUIR July 2, 2014 8:46am

"The target is heading towards the half-way mark, currently bridging the gap on the $60,000 mark of the $125,000 required by the community," an excited Mulwala Progress Association's Ken McLean told The Yarrawonga Chronicle.

"The fund raising continues to gain momentum, with more people openly discussing acquisition and development of foreshore land in a positive way.

"Again, a big thank you to all who have offered to contribute."

Recognition will be given to all contributors. "Mulwala Progress Association is focused on making sure all businesses, organisations and individuals are afforded due recognition in an appropriate manner," Ken said.

"An example may be such as via a plaque on park 'gym' equipment, seating or look-out area on boardwalk."

Following discussions with Murray-Darling Basin Authority and Goulburn-Murray Water regarding the land's waterfront soil erosion, Ken also expressed good news.

"Both parties are keen to work with Mulwala Progress Association, Corowa Shire Council and other organisations to identify problems along the public foreshore land at Lake Mulwala, including Spring Drive to Kyffins Reserve," he said.

Many local residents, from different walks of life who have contributed financially, encourage other locals, and visitors, to help whittle down the balance.

Pensioner Michael Hoskins has lived in Mulwala for 20 years. "For 20 years I've been walking my dog in this area. I just thought it would be nice if it could be part of the (J W Purtle) Park," the 71-year-old known as 'Mulwala Mick' said.

"I'm happy to donate what I can to help get this piece of land. Every little bit helps."

Andrew (Slanger) Kennedy has lived in Mulwala all his life and believes the land purchase would be a good investment for the community and visitors.

"It's the best block of land in Mulwala not built on and I hope the community gets behind what's required of the community's contribution," builder/tradesman Slanger, who turned 44-years-of-age yesterday, said.

Expectant mothers Melita Purtle and Sophie Taylor are not only looking to their children having the opportunity to play at the proposed play area beside the foreshore, but for future generations.

Melita said, "With kids growing up we've got to have plenty of access to the lake - the more we can keep the better.

"It's not just for our kids but for generations to come, for tourists and for locals to enjoy."

Sophie agreed and said as this is the only chance council and the community can acquire the land from the NSW State Government, people must now support its purchase.

Corowa Shire Council has agreed to purchase the land from Government Property NSW, for a total of $330,000, subject to the Mulwala community raising $125,000. If the money cannot be raised, the land would be auctioned by the Government and could fetch $500,000.

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