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Grafton waterfront prepares for a makeover

Clarence Valley Council has announced the start date for the Grafton Waterfront Precinct project, with work on the riverbank set to start in early April 2022.
The Australian Government funded waterfront project will create improved access to the banks of the mighty Clarence River with pathways running along the water’s edge enabling locals and visitors to enjoy everything that the river has to offer.
Clarence Valley Council Acting General Manager Laura Black said the river is our greatest asset.
“This project will highlight the importance of the Clarence River to the city of Grafton,” Ms Black said.
“By enhancing the riverbank, we expect to see more people keen to use the environment.”
“We hope that by opening up access to the river we will encourage visitors to come and stay in Grafton, to spend time exploring our beautiful historic city and the tranquillity of the river.”
“We would also hope it reimagines the river space for locals. Encouraging people to walk, run and ride along the pathways.”
The path will run from Memorial Park to Clarence St creating arteries that will connect people to the new bridge, the river and to town.
Accessibility is one priority of the project, there will be wheelchair and stair access at Duke St and Clarence St to ensure everyone can access the river.
Landscaping will enhance the natural environment and seating will be placed along the pathway so people can pause to enjoy a view of the river.
Memorial Park will benefit from a new toilet block with the capacity to cater for events and a shelter will also be erected in the park.
A boat ramp will be constructed at Salty Seller for anyone who wants a suitable place to launch a small craft into the river.