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ED---Eastbank-Lake-precinct-project

Goulburn River could become functional precinct for city

David Lee March 23, 2016
RIVER BETTER UTILISED… Former businessman and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Geoff Dobson is pleased to see the first stage of a concept he helped bring life to come to fruition, which once completed will see a $3M Eastbank Lake Precinct make better use of a section of the Goulburn River. Photo: Emma Hillier.

RIVER BETTER UTILISED… Former businessman and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Geoff Dobson is pleased to see the first stage of a concept he helped bring life to come to fruition, which once completed will see a $3M Eastbank Lake Precinct make better use of a section of the Goulburn River. Photo: Emma Hillier.

A PROPOSED project that has been in the pipeline for more than three years, and estimated at a total cost of $3M, is set to see a section of the Goulburn River better utilised through the instalment of the Eastbank Lake Precinct.

The project will see the section of the Goulburn River opposite from the Shepparton War Memorial transformed into a world class environmental showcase and would see it used to treat stormwater, with the recycled water then used for irrigating open space in the vicinity of the precinct.

Brainchild of the project and former businessman and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Geoff Dobson said, “The idea is to convert that section of the river into a showcase that will recirculate the water while it is sitting there.

“When I was mayor, I used to look out over the river from council offices and say we have to do something about that.

“This project is all about liveability. It will see a best practice approach to stormwater management, reduce portable water use on recreational areas and provide another tourism asset for Greater Shepparton.

“The Goulburn River is one of our greatest assets that can be both utilised and preserved through this project. We are known for our effective management of water in the Goulburn Valley, and this project will enable further showcasing how efficient we are with water usage.”

The Eastbank Lake Precinct will provide the unique opportunity for Shepparton to finally embrace the Goulburn River and create connectivity across the Shepparton from the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton, Victoria Park Lake, the new SAM, the CBD, walking tracks and the Flats Aboriginal Heritage Walk, across to SPC KidsTown and Gemmils Swamp.

Part of the development will see the creation of a public open meeting space and parklands. It will further create a more welcoming and aesthetically pleasing gateway between Shepparton and Mooroopna.

“The project would connect the whole of the Goulburn River and beyond from South to North through walking tracks.

“This is a real greening Shepparton moment,” Geoff said.

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Hon. Lisa Neville has committed $100,000 to complete the functional design stage of the project and the remaining funding will be sought through the State Government, Federal Government, Greater Shepparton City Council as well as private funding from the planning for the design concept is hoped to be completed by August, with the anticipation that the project would be completed in the next three years.