The Ovens Riverside Project will create an improved riverside precinct through the construction of a promenade and boardwalk, a civic square and a plaza. The civic square will be central to the development, featuring shade trees and incorporating amphitheatre style seating for cultural events. The riverside promenade and boardwalk will provide pedestrian access to the Ovens River and dramatically improve the amenity of Wangaratta’s northern CBD entrance.
On Wednesday, 13 June 2012 the Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean, announced that the Commonwealth Government would provide $2.5 million towards the final stage (Stage 3) of the Ovens Riverside Project.
The funding pledge from the Commonwealth Government comes within days of the announcement by the Member for Murray Valley, Tim McCurdy, that the State Government would also provide $715,000 towards the project.
The $5.22 million Ovens Riverside Project encompasses three stages:
Stage 1 (Complete)
Stage 2 (Complete)
Stage 3 - $3.3 million (2.5 M Commonwealth $715,000 State)
The Ovens Riverside Project will transform the Ovens Riverside area, creating an attractive cosmopolitan environment for Wangaratta’s northern CBD entrance. Work will commence immediately and is expected to be completed by the middle of 2013.