Ball Park vision’s big response

By Robert Muir

Ball Park Corowa’s exhibited draft masterplans for Ball Park Caravan Park, Corowa Foreshore and Morris Park produced a big response from the public.

Following the 28-day exhibition period which expired on June 17, 39 formal submissions were received by council.

Federation Council’s General Manager Adrian Butler said the feedback ranged from overwhelming responses of support to the projects proposed and an eagerness for development to occur as soon as possible, to design queries and functioning of the new assets.

Before formally adopting the masterplans, Federation Council will finalise Crown Land consultation, and other state and federal agencies and authorities, along with any other stakeholder consultations.

“When the final plans are adopted, council can work on a funding strategy, and detailed design and approvals for any confirmed projects, to support any agreed final projects proposed,” Mr Butler told council’s monthly zoom meeting on July 30.

“A collation of submissions received will also be provided to Crown Lands for review. The plans have been carefully proposed, pending consideration of the feedback and agency responses, to allow any final agreed projects to occur individually, subject to funding including grants, whilst still having an overall connectivity to any future projects.

“A further report will be provided to council once Crown Lands and other required agencies have reviewed the plans including the submissions, and final proposed plans will be presented to council for final adoption.”

Council will then work on a funding strategy and detailed design and approvals, to support the projects agreed upon.

“Council would especially like to acknowledge the representatives of both the Bangerang Tribe and Wiradjuri Nation who have viewed the site and plans, and also a very big thank you is extended to the many sporting and community representatives who have spent significant time working with Federation Council and the designers, to ensure their organisations’ needs and views are considered.”

The projects will be monumental game changing strategic projects for Corowa. Key elements of the new Ball Park Caravan Park draft Masterplan include a larger variety in site offerings for the caravan park, improved public access to the riverfront on the eastern side of Bridge Road, and better amenities for both caravan park patrons and those using the public open spaces near the river. 

The preparation of the Corowa Foreshore and Morris Park draft Structure Plan is a complementary piece of proactive strategic planning work that will assist with the preparation of a final Plan of Management as required, for the large Crown Reserve areas. 

“It will also ensure that a number of other projects council has completed, underway and planned in the local area have connections with each other and form part of a logical, cohesive and forward looking overall plan,” Mr Butler said.

“The purpose of these two projects is to continue to raise the profile of Corowa, and the wider Federation region, and to ensure that projects being undertaken, particularly in and around the central Corowa Murray River Foreshore, are delivered in a strategic and integrated manner.”