A project to revitalise the eastern foreshore along the Glenelg River in Nelson is being supported with a $250,000 Brumby Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP.
“Tourism and its associated economic activity is critical to Nelson businesses, which in turn is integral to the ongoing viability of the local community,” Ms Tierney said.
“By enhancing the appeal and amenity of the town’s river foreshore area, the Nelson Reserve Committee of Management hopes to boost visitor numbers and length of stay, and create an asset the local community can use and be proud of.
“This major revitalisation will provide new and improved facilities along the Eastern foreshore of the Glenelg River at Nelson.
“This public open space is a critical attraction for visitors and a key lifestyle asset for the community.
This project will focus on upgrading the design, amenity and visual appearance of the area, which is a high traffic zone and also links directly with the Great South West Walk, a popular tourist attraction.”
Works include upgrading the design and layout of picnic and open space areas, providing new amenities for visitors and residents including picnic shelters, BBQs, viewing shelters, platforms and park furniture, interpretive signage, improved lighting, bollards, boardwalks, pathways and linkages, new tree plantings and defining of parking areas and upgrading pedestrian safety.
Ms Tierney said the Victorian Government was supporting the revitalisation of the eastern foreshore along the Glenelg River in Nelson because it would enhance access to and enjoyment of the Glenelg River – Nelson’s main attraction and tourist attraction.
“The project will help increase the tourism potential of the township through the creation of new facilities and open up waterfront views,” Ms Tierney said.
“The project will also capitalise on the direct link with the Great South West Walk, expand and improve open space zones and improve pedestrian traffic and safety.”
Ms Tierney said the funding for the $415,000 Nelson Foreshore Renewal project would be provided to Glenelg Shire Council through Regional Development Victoria’s Small Towns Development Fund.
“The Small Towns Development Fund is helping Victoria’s smaller towns create jobs, drive economic growth and improve community infrastructure,” Ms Tierney said.
“This project typifies initiatives supported by the Small Towns Development Fund which is making a huge difference to provincial Victorian towns.
“The fund has approved $42.9 million toward 442 announced community and social infrastructure projects worth $92.2 million across provincial Victoria.”