Minister visit in Koondrook

Published on 05 July 2017

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Media Release 

Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Sport John Eren MP made a visit to Koondrook this week to inspect the Koondrook Waterfront precinct which comprises the Koondrook Wharf, Railway goods shed, and the recently announced Nature Based Tourism Hub.

Mayor Brian Gibson said it was a great opportunity to showcase the area, and the potential for future investment in tourism in Gannawarra, further adding to the visitor economy.

“There is a lot of exciting developments in progress in Koondrook, and it was a perfect opportunity to explain to the Government about how their funding truly makes a difference in small rural areas like Gannawarra,” Mayor Gibson said.

“The Nature Based Tourism Hub is being made possible thanks to $800,000 from the State Government and $400,000 from Gannawarra Shire, and is going to make a huge impact on visitor numbers into the Murray River town.”

Minster Eren was in town as part of a regional tour from Mildura to Swan Hill and then through to Echuca.

Conversations with the Minister also included discussion on the future of the Murray River Adventure Trail, which is a strategic trail linking the length of the Murray River by a variety of transportation modes including on water, road and off road.

“The Murray River Adventure Trail is a high priority strategic project that will provide links throughout Gannawarra including the Kerang – Koondrook Rail Trail and the Cohuna – Koondrook Forest Trail,” Mayor Gibson explains.

Highlighting the completed projects such as the Wharf and visualising the future developments along the Koondrook waterfront put the predicted growth in business and visitor activity into context for the Minister and Murray Regional Tourism staff and board members.

“Gannawarra looks forward to welcoming the Minister back to Koondrook for the opening of the Nature Based Tourism Hub and to experience time in “Victoria’s Nature Based Tourism Destination,” Mayor Gibson said.

For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website


Date: 4 July 2017

Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627