Riverboat Dock to open soon

By Riverine Herald

THE $5 million redevelopment of Echuca’s kiosk and Riverboat Dock area will soon be open to the public after more than a year of works.

Campaspe Shire Council chief executive Declan Moore said when the temporary fencing comes down at the end of the month, the public will be able to see the area reflects the Port Precinct Vision of ‘a place to take your time, relax and enjoy yourself’.

“The popular location will be the perfect spot to enjoy the natural setting of the port precinct, with improved access to the paddlesteamers and houseboats that will operate from the site,” Mr Moore said.

The project has included:

● Redevelopment of the kiosk;

● Construction of sealed roadways into the riverfront from Watson Street for short-term drop-off, pick-up and boat-servicing parking;

● Construction of a network of Disability Act-compliant footpaths throughout the site, linking to Watson Street;

● Construction of a footpath connection to Murray Esplanade and the port precinct;

● Establishment of soft landscaping, including grass areas, mulch under trees, gravel plaza area and planting of trees for shade;

● Rearrangement of car and bus parking along the Watson St frontage.

“Some minor works will still take place following the opening, including a final coat of paint on the kiosk, along with some garden and lawn maintenance,” Mr Moore said.

“While there will be newly laid lawn areas that will be fenced off to give the grass time to establish, all of the formal walking paths through the site will be open.”

Once the area is opened, Watson St, from Law Court Place to Hopwood Place will be one way. This will improve traffic flow and access for service vehicles to the boat area.

A map of the traffic flow around the area. Photo: Campaspe Shire.

The $5 million project has been jointly funded with the Federal Government contributing $2.6 million, Victorian Government $1.3 million and council $1 million.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic has settled and restrictions are lifted, council will progress tenancy applications of the new kiosk café area,” Mr Moore said.

“The upstairs café area has an unbeatable view of the river-based precinct and the ground level will continue to provide storage for canoes/kayaks and space for the local boat operators.

“While the public will be able to enjoy the new space, everyone is reminded to please continue to obey the current COVID-19 stage three restrictions.”

Works to redevelop the Port of Echuca wharf walkway and retaining wall, located north of the wharf at the site of the existing pop-up park, are still progressing.