Grafton is set for a major tourist boom thanks to a revitalisation of the Grafton Riverside Precinct.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack has approved a $6.5 million Australian Government investment that will connect visitors and locals with the Clarence River, boosting the town’s liveability and tourism income.
“When construction is finished in late 2021, local businesses and residents will be in a prime position to reap the benefits of a more dynamic riverside precinct,” Mr McCormack said.
“It will expand the number of existing events and attract new ones, giving Grafton an opportunity to grow as a regional centre while supporting 10 construction jobs and creating 32 ongoing jobs.
“The Australian Government’s investment will have major benefits for the regional economy and is a great local example of how the Australian Government’s investment in infrastructure nationwide is supporting jobs and communities at a time when it’s needed more than ever.”
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the upgrade will transform Grafton into a tourism hub.
“The revitalisation will feature a walk/cycle way and new pontoon, making access to the water easier and more enjoyable,” Mr Hogan said.
“At Memorial Park, there will be a new riverfront boulevard with paved access. The arrival points at Duke, Villiers and Clarence Street will have improved accessibility along with improved picnic facilities.
Clarence Valley Mayor Jim Simmons said the upgrade would re-position Grafton as a vibrant centrepiece on the Clarence River.
“The project will transform the waterfront into an active space for the community and visitors,” Cr Simmons said.
“It will also encourage investment, new business and deliver jobs and economic growth.
“Another benefit will be to provide a fitting platform for existing Grafton events such as the Jacaranda Festival and the Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic.”
The Australian Government is fully funding the $6.5 million project.