A substantial grant from State Government puts parts of Mehi River in line for makeover

Moree Council general manager Lester Rodgers, Chamber of Commerce Melanie Jenson, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Moree Mayor Katrina Humphries and Moree Council director of corporate services Mitchell Johnson.
Moree Council general manager Lester Rodgers, Chamber of Commerce Melanie Jenson, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Moree Mayor Katrina Humphries and Moree Council director of corporate services Mitchell Johnson.

THE State Government has promised to commit more than $400,000 into the beatification of certain parts of the Mehi River, with the announcement coming on Friday.

“The money will embellish and clean up parts of the banks, making it a real nature feature,” said Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.

Mr Marshall visited the site opposite Rocket Park, saying the river was a great asset to residents.

“It runs through the heart of town and the river is synonymous with Moree. The funding will enhance the natural asset and attract more people to stop off the Newell Highway and stay in town for a couple of days.”

Moree Plains Shire Council will add $100,000 to the $402,554.15 grant from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, bringing the total cost to just over $500,000.

“The revitalisation and development of the Mehi River Corridor has long been a project for council, with numerous reports and project plans undertaken over the years. However, budget prevented the project from coming to fruition,” said Moree Mayor Katrina Humphries.

Stage one of the project will soon kick into gear, which will see parts of the Mehi River completely transformed.

The shared pedestrian and bicycle pathway will be extended, creating a central loop from Albert Street Bridge to Dr Geoffrey Hunter Bridge.

Lighting will also be placed under the last-mentioned bridge.

Static exercise equipment will be setup opposite Kirkby Park, overlooking the river.

A barbecue area at Mary Brand Park, three drinking water taps, seven park benches, four picnic tables and a wheelchair friendly table have all made the list of additions.

Wood Duck Park and the back of Jellicoe Park will receive some of those park benches and tables.

Murals will also be painted around the area.

“The goal is to encourage more people to get out and enjoy the beautiful Mehi River, and make it easier to partake in an active lifestyle,” said Moree Council general manager Lester Rodgers.