The Bridgewater foreshore redevelopment project aims to capitalise on two of the region’s most significant assets in the Calder Highway and the Loddon River.
By providing an attractive setting and safe stopping point adjacent to the Loddon River, the project will enable easy public access to the foreshore precinct and to the river’s edge. The project will involve the construction of a highly visible ‘arrival point’ and walking path improvements, which will incorporate public artwork, decorative paving, feature seating and shelters and public Wi-Fi adjacent to the bridge.
The intent of the proposed project is to:
- encourage travellers to ‘Take a Break at Bridgewater’
- promote return visitation
- provide tourists a place to easily access and enjoy the river
- project an image of safety and openness for the township, the local area and the shire
- assist in marketing and promotion of Bridgewater and the local area
- promote a feeling of local pride amongst local residents
- enhance the planned main street redevelopment (concept plans nearing completion)
The project will promote more frequent, longer and return stays to Bridgewater with positive effects on local businesses including the hotel, bakery, winery, opportunity shop, caravan park, motel and mechanics. There will be a positive effect on the local economy, attracting new residents, new business and in attracting new investment into the area.
The project adds to and enhances work along the Loddon River at Bridgewater, which includes:
- installation of turf and irrigation
- installation of park furniture and shelters
- improved access to the river
- interpretive and directional signage
Stage one of the project will be officially opened on Thursday 19 December commencing at 5.30pm to coincide with the annual Bridgewater Christmas Carols.