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Take me to the river

28/05/2019 / by admin

In February Maitland Council threw an extra $10,000 into city’s new year celebrations to include LornA plan that couldplace the Hunter River at the forefront of regionaltourism and community activities may soon go on exhibition for public comment.
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Maitland City Council will vote on Tuesday night to exhibit the Queens Wharf and Lorn Riverbank plans of management and masterplans which flag a second wharf for Morpeth and a community plaza for Lorn.

An objective in council’s +10 Community Strategic Plan was to improve recreational access to the Hunter River and its banks from council-owned land.

After considering a study into access to the Hunter and Paterson rivers, council voted to prepare a plan of management and masterplan for two reserves at Queens Wharf and Lorn Riverbank.

“Council has identified the Hunter River as a significant asset and as such has embarked on a strategic plan to enhance the heritage and natural resource for the entire community to enjoy,” a report said.

Council undertook a studyin 2014 to identify potential sites for access to the Hunter River for recreational purposes including the launching of non-motorised vessels.

A report said Queens Wharf wasan important community asset with natural and heritage significance. “Queens Wharf is also a key recreational site in Maitlandproviding the only boat ramp into the Hunter River,” it stated.

The plans of management and masterplans were jointly funded by council and the Roads and Maritime Service.

Mara Consulting was engaged by council to develop the plans, a key component of the project was to engage stakeholders to gain feedback and input into the design process.

The meeting with stakeholders was carried out last year.

The draft plan suggests installing additional parking, a heritage display to promote the historical site, additional picnic tables, improving beach areas, a secondjetty and an extension of the existing jetty.

The 9.5 hectare Lorn site isvisually prominent from the Riverwalk adjacent to The Levee and will be even more so with the completionof the Riverlink building.

Plans for Lorn include an access road over the levee, exercise equipment, two amenities blocks, picnic tables, children’s play area, off leash dog area, paved pathway to the river, an open spacearea around a central plaza large enough to hostcommunity functions.

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