The Master Plan for the Atherton Drive foreshore precinct at Urunga will help ensure its future management, while meeting the expectations of reserve users and the community.

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said today the strategic plan has secured three State Government grants worth in total $504,000 to begin the significant improvement in facilities.

“The Atherton Drive foreshore precinct has long been a popular feature of Urunga however its ad hoc use and development over a long period has left various legacy issues that compromise its significant values,” Ms Pavey said.

“The plan recognises the importance of the area to all stakeholders and has been developed in close consultation with the community. It builds on the area’s core values and opportunities and will help reinforce the Atherton Drive foreshore precinct as a key attraction for locals and visitors to Urunga.”

The Master Plan incorporates;

  • urgent riverbank erosion and bank stabilisation works, including 2500 cubic metres of sand from the Urunga Foreshore/Lido project set aside to be used for these works
  • designates more areas for passive recreation with picnic and BBQ facilities
  • new amenities and parking areas to meet the needs of reserve users
  • opportunities for water-based recreation will be enhanced with improved boating infrastructure and soft launching access to the river.

The importance of the connection of the remaining boathouses with the history of Urunga is recognised and the Master Plan supports in principle the retention of a representative core group of boathouses.

Six cabins will need to be demolished due to structural issues.

Two of the remaining six cabins do not have a permissive occupancy and the management of these will be decided after consultation, with a view to creating a unique accommodation experience.

The plan also supports retention and improvement of Atherton Drive as a vehicular circuit through the foreshore reserve area. A key recommendation is a shared pedestrian/cycle path through the foreshore reserve to improve public access, recreational amenity and safety.

The plan also recognises the need to retain and improve boat launching facilities and associated parking arrangements in the precinct.

While thanking all members of the community for their contributions and feedback in helping to design the plan, Ms Pavey acknowledged the commitment and assistance of Lois Doyle and the Titivators Urunga Dragon Boat Club.