MUNGINDI TO SET SAIL WITH NEW $300,000 BARWON RIVER BOAT RAMP

MUNGINDI TO SET SAIL WITH NEW $300,000 BARWON RIVER BOAT RAMP

Mungindi to set sail with $300,000 State Government funded boat ramp on the Barwon River, with Balonne Shire Councillor Robyn Fuhrmeister, left, Moree Plains Shire Councillor Lisa Orchin, Mungindi Progress Association representatives Kath MacMillan and Justin Malone, Mungindi Fishing Club representative Lyn James, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Mungindi Fishing Club’s Garry ‘Red’ Trindall, Moree Plains Shire Mayor Mark Johnson, Balonne Shire Project Manager Andrew Boardman and Moree Plains Shire Project Manager Todd Jones.

 

Monday, 6 June 2022

 

A NEW boat ramp at Mungindi will increase local tourism opportunities by giving recreational boaters and fishers greater access to the Barwon River, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $300,000 State Government grant for the project.

 

In 2020, the State Government contributed $184,000 towards a joint NSW/Queensland initiative to upgrade the Mungindi Recreation Area, north of the border in the Balonne Shire.

 

Mr Marshall said the additional $300,000 boat ramp funding was the final component of the Recreation Area upgrade.

 

“The Barwon River is an incredible natural asset, but at present can only be enjoyed from the shore due to the lack of boat access,” Mr Marshall said.

 

“In an effort to improve safety for fishers and reduce environmental damage to the riverbank a 20-metre boat ramp will be installed at the park, providing a site to launch small vessels.

 

“Balonne Shire will do the boat ramp’s installation, but first will have to wait for the river level to drop and the area to dry out.

 

“Landing a new boat ramp will enhance Mungindi’s visitor economy by encouraging participation in fishing and encouraging extended visitation for campers at the fantastic new facilities at the Recreation Area.”

 

The Mungindi Recreation Area upgrade has seen the addition of new accessible amenities, parking, playground, barbecue area, disability access and footpaths.

 

Moree Plains Shire Mayor Mark Johnson said the Mungindi Recreation Area upgrade, including the new boat ramp, would greatly benefit Mungindi residents on both sides of the border.

 

“A lot of hard work happened behind the scenes by Moree Plains Shire Council, Balonne Shire Council, the Mungindi Progress Association and Mungindi Fishing Club and it’s great to see it all come to fruition,” Cr Johnson said.

 

“The boat ramp will provide safe public access to the Barwon River and will add so much to the Mungindi community.”

 

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