Issue #142 â€“ Friday, 13 July, 2012
The Barryy and Fev show
New development starts
Cold weather sets in
Wetland upgrades By BLAIR THOMSON
WINTER is well and truly upon us, with grey skies, cold weather, umbrellas and warm jackets featuring prominently this week. The temperature has plunged below freezing five times this month, dropping as low as -2.5 degrees on Saturday. And thereâ€™s further winter weather in store, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting rain and cloud cover in coming days. Picture: BLAIR THOMSON
ALBURY Council hopes to improve the Wonga Wetlands in a bid to attract tourists to the area. The council will undertake a study into the area and look at possible development opportunities for the natural attraction. Speaking at the official opening of upgrades to the visitor information centre at Albury station, councilâ€™s director of economic development and tourism Tracey Squire said work on a master plan could start around September. â€œWe want to see what opportunities we can look at there to again raise the quality of the offer at Wonga Wetlands and what it offers to visitors when they come to town,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s very much a desktop analysis of what exists there at the moment and what opportunities there are to add value to that and to utilise the whole area of land that AlburyCity owns there.â€? Ms Squire said the master plan would take into account current uses at the wetlands and look at what was happening at other wetlands around Australia. â€œIt could potentially take nine months to do depending on who we engage to do the work,â€? she said. â€œIt wonâ€™t be rushed, put it that way.â€? Council can now focus on the Murray River experience following the upgrades to the visitor information centre, which were officially unveiled on Monday. â€œConstruction of the Wagirra Trail continues for the next two years and that will be linked all the way to Wonga,â€? Ms Squire said. â€œNot only will you be able to ride your bike off road all the way to Wonga Wetlands, when you
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get there, the idea is that thereâ€™s a better experience at the end, building on the good things that are already there.â€? Mayor Alice Glachan said the completion of the visitor upgrades, which added more parking, waste dump facilities and a new entry to the area, was positive for tourism. â€œItâ€™s good for Albury and the region,â€?she said. â€œIt offers an opportunity to enhance what is truly a beautiful historic precinct. â€œBy being able to open this up, more people will be able to appreciate the wonderful opportunities that we have here and it will assist in enticing people passing through to stop and stay in Albury and our region. â€œThis will be an opportunity to showcase what we can offer.â€? A council report recently found more people were visiting Albury on day trips, but visitor night stays have slightly declined. The report found most people visit for holidays, followed closely by those visiting friends and relatives, while about 20 percent visit for business.
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