Warrnambool waterways projects launched

Parliamentary Secretary Harriet Shing has been in Warrnambool launching two projects – the Rivers of Warrnambool Flagship Project and the Merri Connections Project – which are a significant investment by the Victorian Government in the waterways of south-west Victoria. 

The Rivers of Warrnambool Flagship Project is a $1.02 million investment in the Merri and Hopkins Rivers and Brucknell Creek and will include extensive community involvement in the current, future and ongoing management and development of the waterways to ensure the health of the waterways and the support of the communities and industries around them. 

(Caption: Adam Bester-CEO of Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Harriet Shing MP, Peter Schneider-CEO Of Warrnambool city council and Andrew Jeffers-Managing Director of Wannon Water)

The Merri Connections Project is a $400,000 investment in ensuring Victorians of south-west Victoria can connect with the nature on their doorstep by providing them with access through formal walking paths, seating areas and launching areas for unpowered watercraft like canoes, kayaks and paddle boards.  

Both the projects build on the extensive community and cultural connection and support for the waterways around Warrnambool. 

The launch was held at Platypus Park in Warrnambool at the Bank of the Merri river on Tuesday 15th of February. The launch had a casual attendance of community group representatives. Eastern Maar Elder, Uncle Rob Lowe began the event with welcome to country and smoking ceremony. Joined by the public with local dog walkers, fishermen and kids paddling in their kayaks on the Merri river, it was a great day to be launching these exciting projects.

Harriet Shing and Jarred Obst
Harriet Shing with support partners in the projects includes organisations, businesses and significant community and volunteer support.
Local kids Harry Obst and Murphy Ryan enjoying a paddle after school at platypus park on the Merri River – something which will be made easier with the completion of the Merri Connections project which will install unpowered water craft launching areas.