Derwent Valley Council’s River Revitalisation project at the Esplanade on the waterfront reached a milestone in September. The local government Capital Works project aims to increase the level of accessibility to the River Derwent at New Norfolk.
The official unveiling of the latest improvements was attended by the Federal Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation, Bridget McKenzie, Tasmanian Senators Eric Abetz, Jonathon Duniam and Steve Martin, DVC Mayor Martyn Evans as well as several current DVC councillors.
The River Revitalisation project is funded by the Federal Government and Derwent Valley Council. Improvements include the construction of a playground and public toilet facilities. Also included were the planting of deciduous trees and mulching as well as pathway gravelling and the installation of bollards to improve safety for pedestrians. The parkland electrical system has also been updated including a new underground power supply with solar powered lighting which will enable evening activities to be conducted at the site.
There has also been capital expenditure used for improvements to water-based amenities on the Esplanade. A brand-new large-scale pontoon has been constructed which provides a significant space for all sorts of activities on the Derwent. The upcoming construction of the New Norfolk Rowing Club building will commence soon following the demolition of the long-unused caravan park caretaker’s cottage. Once completed, the club will have much better and safer access to the river.
The Council stated in their October 2108 Quarterly News that “Improvements at the Esplanade have the added benefit of enabling the area to accommodate community events and festivals of a larger-scale and will assist in improving options in the municipality for outdoor community health, fitness and social wellbeing.”