By Darren Stones
The Port of Echuca, home to Victoria's largest paddle steamer fleet, will undergo a transformation with $14.2 million to be invested in revitalising the tourist precinct.
Victorian Premier John Brumby announced in Echuca on Wednesday, 13 January 2010, that $4.9 million would be invested into the Echuca Wharf with the aim to create a first-class tourist attraction.
Funds will also be spent on a new historical centre, new retail facilities, Davies Street Skyway, developments to mooring infrastructure, and new public viewing areas.
Mr Brumby said in a Victorian Government media release: "We understand how important tourism is to the liveability and sustainability of this stunning part of Victoria and revitalising the port will position Echuca and the region for a bright, prosperous future.”
“It is estimated that this project will position the Port of Echuca to attract a further 22,000 people each year. This will secure jobs and attract new tourism to the region, locking-in its liveability.”
Jacinta Allan, Regional and Rural Development Minister, said that the Murray River attracts 1.9 million overnight visitors each year.
Mr Brumby said the Port of Echuca contributes $250 million to the local economy and employs approximately 3000.
Information sourced from the Victoria Government.