The Tocumwal Foreshore redevelopment project has been allocated $2.2 million in NSW Government funding.
The allocation, announced last week by NSW Member for Albury Greg Aplin, will allow for three stages of the redevelopment project to be pursued.
It will be added to $300,000 already raised by the Tocumwal community and $826,000 previously allocated by Berrigan Shire Council.
Mayor Matt Hannan said it may mean the highly anticipated splash park project will be complete by summer.
Cr Hannan said the funding would also allow council to pursue its plans to add a second storey to the Tocumwal Visitor Information Centre, and to fund streetscape works near the Deniliquin St roundabout.
Tocumwal’s funding allocation is part of a larger ‘Murray River Regional Experiences’ precinct project spanning from Albury to Tocumwal, for which the NSW Government allocated $11 million.
Cr Hannan said the local allocation would fund projects that would not only improve Tocumwal’s tourism appeal, but also provide valuable community infrastructure.
He said the initial investment had the ability to generate a significant and lasting extra income for the community.
‘‘The projects will be a massive driver of tourism and a boost to the economy, and will also provide for residents,’’ Cr Hannan said.
‘‘These projects are expected to help add $1.1 million per annum to the Tocumwal economy and that could lead to nine direct and three indirect jobs for our community.
‘‘It is also anticipated it will increase visitor spending by about 7.5 per cent.
‘‘Splash parks are the new thing and, along with the Murray River, it adds an extra experience for those in Tocumwal.’’
Cr Hannan said without the government funding, the council would have been forced to concentrate its efforts solely on delivering the splash park development.
He said being able to pursue the second storey extension of the visitor centre could add another unique experience in Tocumwal.
‘‘While we have some excellent eateries in Tocumwal, one thing we are lacking is a fine dining experience,’’ Cr Hannan said.
‘‘That’s something we can look toward doing, and it would provide the only view directly over the river.
‘‘We believe it will be a highly sought after commercial space, and if someone from the community wants to use that space for another reason we could consider it.’’
Cr Hannan said while he would like to see the ‘‘soil turned’’ on the foreshore projects today, he said a timeline for their start and completion is yet to be determined.
He said all works would need to be progressed in consultation with the foreshore committee and potentially impacted businesses.
Council will also need to go through a tender process for the works.
Berrigan Shire general manager Rowan Perkins said it was hoped the splash park works could be completed over the winter period.