Boat ramp upgrades for Picnic Point and Murray Downs

Two boating infrastructure projects will now go ahead thanks to funding secured by Murray River Council under Round 3 of the NSW Government’s Boating Now Program.

Council were awarded $270,000 for upgrades at the Picnic Point boat ramp and a further $690,000 for the development of a new boat ramp facility at Murray Downs.

Murray River Council mayor, Cr Chris Bilkey said the upgrades will be welcome news to both locals and visitors.

“Over the summer and long weekends, the population in our area more than trebles with tourists accessing the river for recreational and water sporting activities.”

“The new infrastructure will ensure the influx of tourists is met with attractive surrounds, whilst also ensuring our local residents have facilities they can be proud of,” he said.

The $360,000 Picnic Point project will deliver improvements at the beach to the north of the newly upgraded Boat Ramp.

“The Picnic Point upgrade, when completed, will make a big difference to users, improving the amenity of the surrounds by the inclusion of a sand beach.”

“It will be designed to maintain the integrity of the riverbank by minimizing the effects of erosion caused river traffic,” Cr Bilkey said.   

A new boat ramp and associated works will now also be built at the Murray Downs riverbank.

The boat ramp, to be built on a river front reserve owned by Council, will provide a big boost to the Murray Downs community.  

“This is something the Murray Downs community have been advocating for some time, so we are pleased to now have this important project confirmed for delivery,” Cr Bilkey said.

The remaining $90,000 for the Picnic Pint project and the $230,000 for the Murray Downs works will be funded via Council’s capital works budget.

Both projects are scheduled for delivery over the next 24 months, including the design, stakeholder consultation, government agency approvals, followed by the procurement and delivery stages.