Campaspe campaign to make our region smarter

By Riverine Herald

REGIONAL stakeholders from Echuca-Moama attended the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnerships Assembly in Kyneton recently.

The assembly was held to discuss ways to help the region become smarter, more appealing and healthier.

Suggestions and feedback were taken from group participants, which will be collated by the Victorian Government for further analysis.

Another key element of the assembly was the healthy hearts of Victoria initiative aimed at promoting a more active community to reduce the pressure on health and community services.

Premier Daniel Andrews was also in attendance and discussed the regional elements of the recently announced budget and what impacts the assembly would have on the direction of government and decision making.

Other areas of focus included the regions cycling tracks and initiatives that aim to drive tourism through quality and accessibility of the trails.

Committee for Echuca-Moama chief executive Martin Szakal attended the forum and said there was a strong focus to leverage existing assets across the region.

“Much of the assembly was about harnessing existing activity and better coordinating it to drive greater outcomes,” he said.

Mr Szakal also said the facilitator of the tracks and trails workshop was particularly positive about the Echuca winery loop Murray River adventure trail.

“It was proposed that tourists could ride along the river, stopping at various cellar doors, cafes, restaurants and wineries along the way,’’ he said.

“They could then find a point where they could hop on a paddle steamer and return to Echuca after a great day out.

“The aim is to lift visitation, increase the number of overnight stays and yield a greater return from each visitor.”