An extra $4.8 million for Mildura’s Riverfront precinct has been welcomed by Member for Mildura Peter Crisp. The money has come from the federal government’s Regional Development Australia Fund and was confirmed today by Regional Development Minister Simon Crean.
“Added to the $12.5 million from the state government, Mildura is well on the way to seeing the Riverfront Masterplan become a reality,” Mr Crisp said.
“With the Mildura Rural City Council, we’ve worked hard to attract funds from the federal government. The initial application for funding from the RDA fund didn’t succeed, but perseverance has paid off.”
The Victorian coalition took an undertaking to the 2010 election that it would commit more than $10 million to the riverfront redevelopment, and after coming to office increased its contribution by another $2 million.
“We thought that an additional $2 million would increase the chance of eventually attracting top-up federal funding. Coupled with the excellent submission from Mildura Rural City Council, the extra money obviously strengthened our case,” said Peter Crisp.
The state government’s $12.5 million is dedicated to:
Establishment of Mildura Riverfront Authority ($500,000)· Construction of a connection between Langtree Avenue and riverfront precinct ($5 million)
Improvements to the eastern sector of riverfront park ($7 million)