Cathy McGowan: Member for Indi

Federal funding to enhance natural beauty of Nimmo Bridge Reserve

December 10, 2015
Contact: Simon Crase

A Federal funding initiative aimed at building community infrastructure is delivering for Myrtleford. Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, congratulated the Alpine Shire Council and Ovens Landcare Group on receiving $18,125 under Round One of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) for the Nimmo Bridge Reserve Upgrade at Buffalo River.

Ms McGowan established the Indi Stronger Communities Program Advisory Committee (ISCPAC) to deliver Round One of the SCP. Community priorities guided the application process. Representatives from ICSPAC engaged with community groups to determine eligibility. Indi was allocated $150,000 in the Federal Budget for the SCP in 2015-16.

The Nimmo Bridge Reserve upgrade includes:

  • Park furniture, picnic table and bench seating           
  • Bollards, post and rail fencing to protect the passive recreation area
  • Interpretive signage
  • Tree works
  • Track works   
  • Planting of native complementary vegetation           
  • Shade shelter              

Ms McGowan said the improvements to the popular swimming spot for youths, locals and visitors would attract even more campers to the area by the river, and add to the natural surrounds.

“The community has asked for this upgrade and I know there will be an even greater sense of community ownership when it is completed,” Ms McGowan said. She praised the Ovens Care Landcare group for its $3000 contribution, and thanked the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning for giving $8000 to join Council’s $7125 towards the project which has a total cost of $36,250.

“It’s pleasing to see Landcare is willing to do their bit to help the upgrade to this important,” she said. “I look forward to visiting the Nimmo Bridge reserve and seeing how the community benefits from this successful project.”

Ms McGowan thanked Alpine Shire Council CEO Dave Barry and ICSPAC representative, project officer Francine Stacey, for their efforts.

“Indi matters and funding continues to flow. Having an Independent member gets results,” Ms McGowan said. SCP Round Two applications open on 15 February, 2016. Please contact Alpine Shire Council for details on 5755 0555.


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