Riverfront precinct given new life

The contractors involved in the upgrade.

A significant milestone for the Swan Hill community has been marked with the official opening of the Swan Hill Riverfront Precinct, by Senator Jana Stewart.

The Swan Hill Riverfront Precinct project has seen the remarkable transformation of an under-utilised and restricted area within the Swan Hill Riverfront into a contemporary and vibrant community space, breathing new life into the region.

Swan Hill Rural City Council’s Mayor, Cr Stuart King said the initiative reflected Council’s commitment to creating spaces that enhance the well-being and connectivity our residents.

“The activation of the Swan Hill Riverfront Precinct is an example of our dedication to fostering a thriving community and showcasing the beauty and potential of our region, whilst encouraging tourism and improving our economy,” Cr King said.

Works undertaken as part of this project include the establishment of a new Active and Adventure Play Precinct and a Regional Skate Park at Riverside Park, the upgrade of Monash Drive, the creation of the Marraboor River Viewing Platform and Boardwalk, and the installation of a pedestrian path connecting Riverside Park and Pioneer Settlement, among other enhancements.

Cr King said these initiatives were derived from the Swan Hill Riverfront Masterplan 2013, a collaborative effort involving input from over 2,000 community members.

“Council took an inclusive approach to this ambitious project from the onset, ensuring that the development aligned with the desires and aspirations of our residents.

“We are grateful for the contributions of the community and our local First Nation People, who played a pivotal role in the creation of the artwork for the Active Play Precinct at Riverside Park. Their focus on the river and its significance to the Aboriginal community adds a profound layer of meaning to these spaces,” Cr King added.

Cr King said that the impact of these projects extends far beyond the physical enhancements, with approximately 30 full-time equivalent positions created during the construction phase and a significant boost to the local economy, estimated at $7 million.

“These developments have fostered social benefits, making the region more attractive to live in, improving community connections, supporting local heritage and culture, and promoting social inclusion.

“Looking to the future, the Activating Swan Hill Riverfront Precinct stands as a testament to what can be achieved through collaboration, innovation, and a shared vision for the future.

“Together, we look forward to enjoying these vibrant spaces and creating lasting memories for generations to come,” he said.

The Activating the Swan Hill Riverfront Precinct project is thanks to funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and $1 million from the Victorian Government’s Regional Development portfolio.