Fishing and canoe platform coming to Rochester

By Jared Prestwidge

THE North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has received the go-ahead to construct an all-access fishing and canoe platform at the Campaspe River.

The platform was funded by an Australian Government Basin Plan grant and will stretch along the Rochester Riverside Holiday Park.

North Central CMA project manager Angela Gladman said the contract had been awarded for the construction of the Rochester platform, which is estimated to be completed by the end of February.

“We have worked with the Campaspe Shire and Rochester Recreation Reserve Committee of Management to use $60,000 of a $500,000 Australian Government Basin Plan grant to go towards building the platform at the Rochester Riverside Holiday Park,” she said.

The final design incorporates 83m of wheelchair accessible concrete path and boardwalk leading to a fixed 6x3m fishing platform and floating canoe launch.

Ms Gladman said the CMA has also submitted an NDIS grant for an Elmore platform.

“We believe this shovel-ready project has a good chance of being funded and we will find out in February next year,” she said.

“At Elmore, after discussions with locals, the Elmore Progress Association and council, the location that offered the best vehicle access with low bank slope close to the town centre in Elmore was identified at the northern end of the River Walk.”

“A draft design incorporating an accessible boardwalk, fishing platform and canoe launch was circulated in the Elmore community in February 2019 with positive feedback.”