Massive boost for Murray Paddle

July 15, 2017

Paddlers in the Massive Murray Paddle pass the P.S. Emmylou as they arrive in Echuca last year.

CAMPASPE Shire Council has approved a three-year funding agreement to support the growth and development of the Massive Murray Paddle.

It is an event which sees more than 2000 participants paddle down the Murray River over a five-day period.

An annual cash contribution of $5000 over three-years will assist event organiser, Sydney Harbour Kayaks, with the promotion and execution of the iconic five-day paddling event.

At the council meeting recently, deputy mayor Leanne Pentreath said a huge number of people follow the event.

‘‘So it can only be a positive for our shire,’’ she said.

Vicki Neele said it was a good investment to get the message to people ‘‘we don’t always reach’’.

The Massive Murray Paddle is held annually in the last week of November, with the arrival into Echuca on day three.

One of the world’s longest paddling races, it is not only the longest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, it more importantly highlights the Murray River as a must-see paddler destination in Australia and the world.

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