Myrtleford recreation projects celebrated

THE completion of two key projects for Myrtleford will boost recreation for locals and visitors alike.

The construction of a new barbecue shelter at Cundy Park and works to upgrade the Nimmo Bridge Reserve were completed recently, creating more opportunities for community members and visitors to enjoy Myrtleford’s recreational spaces.

Independent member for Indi Cathy McGowan was in Myrtleford on Saturday to officially launch the projects.

Mayor Ron Janas said the final results are a great example of what can be achieved when the community, Council and government all work toward a common goal.

“The very committed members of the Cundy Park Steering Committee have been the driving force behind the barbecue shelter project,” he said.

“I applaud them for their hard work and determination to make this happen.

“This is a great result for the users of Cundy Park. It’s the ideal accompaniment to the park to encourage families to enjoy a barbecue and a play on the adventure playground or visit to the skate park.”

The construction of a new barbecue shelter at Cundy Park was made possible thanks to an $18,125 grant from the Federal Government, $18,875 from Council and $13,000 from the Cundy Park Steering Committee.

Of the $13,000 raised, $5,000 was from the Into Our Hands Community Fund, $5,000 from Alpine Rally Group, $1,000 from the Myrtleford Lions Club and $2,000 from private donations and fundraising.

The completion of upgrade works at Nimmo Bridge Reserve has rejuvenated the popular swimming hole for locals and visitors alike.

The $36,250 project was made possible through $18,125 from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, $12,000 in Council funds and $3,000 in-kind, and $3,000 from Myrtleford and District Landcare and Sustainability Group.

Cr Janas said Nimmo Bridge Reserve is a popular destination for local young people, as well as for visitors to the town.

“The project aimed to improve the overall amenity of the open space as well as the sustainability and manageability of the reserve,” he said.

“Project works include earthworks to improve drainage and better define vehicle access and parking areas, installation of picnic settings and installation of an interpretive sign providing information on the mining history of the Ovens River.

“Bollards and boulders have been installed to define pedestrian recreation areas and protect the river bank, and once the weather cools down the Myrtleford and District Landcare and Sustainability Group will plant the area with native species.”

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