Kayak launch opens up Loddon River exploration
Published on 30 June 2021
Kayakers and those wanting to explore the Loddon River around Kerang will have greater opportunities to do so following the recent installation of a kayak launch within the Kerang Regional Park.
One of the more than 60 projects supported by Gannawarra Shire Council’s contribution from the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme – Extension, the kayak launch will enable visitors to the park to explore the area from within the river.
“The Gannawarra’s various waterways are an attraction for visitors, as well as a place for residents to get closer to nature,” Council Chief Executive Officer, Tom O’Reilly said.
“The installation of this kayak launch adds to the various facilities located along the Loddon River, and will enable paddlers to enter the water safely.
“The kayak launch’s proximity to the pedestrian bridge over the Loddon River provides various options where paddlers can explore the Loddon River, whether it is the Patchell Bridges upstream or the Kerang Weir downstream.”
The installation of a kayak launch within the Kerang Regional Park has been a project the Kerang Landcare Group has wanted to become a reality since it was identified during a community forum in 2016.
The group approached Council to support the project following numerous unsuccessful grant applications.
“The Kerang Landcare Group is very grateful to Council for taking on the arduous task of liaising with Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on our behalf and ensuring the funding was held until the installation was complete,” Kerang Landcare Group representative, Angela Hird said.
“The kayak launch links Kerang Regional Park with the Sir John Gorton Precinct, creating eco-tourism opportunities for those with mobility challenges to experience our parks and natural environment.”
The design of the kayak launch is unique, with the product incorporating plastics made from recyclable materials.
“Council is committed to improving our sustainability, and the use of recycled materials in our products is one of the various ways are aiming to achieve this,” Mr O’Reilly said.
“Council thanks the community for supporting this initiative and looks forward to seeing this facility used by visitors and residents alike.”
Details and updates on all projects supported by funding from the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme – Extension is available online at www.gsc.vic.gov.au/droughtfunding
ABOVE: Council Director of Infrastructure and Development, Geoff Rollinson (left) and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Phil Higgins (right) with Kerang Landcare Group representative, Angela Hird at Kerang's new kayak launch facility.