|The Ferry St entrance to the redeveloped Derwent Esplanade|
at New Norfolk.
In a statement, Mr McCormack said the Federal Coalition Government had worked in partnership with the Derwent Valley Council to deliver an important piece of infrastructure for the region.
“The revitalised Esplanade will create a more attractive destination for increasing visitors to the region and provide better public amenities and recreation facilities for the whole community to enjoy,” Mr McCormack said. The scheme included new toilets, playground equipment, walking tracks and lighting.
The deputy prime minister's statement followed an official opening last Friday morning, attended by the Federal Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation, Bridget McKenzie, Tasmanian Senators Eric Abetz, Jonathon Duniam and Steve Martin, and local councillors and election candidates.
Senator Duniam said the Derwent Esplanade was the largest open community space in the Derwent Valley. "The Esplanade has traditionally been the main hub for the community to come together for various social activities and sporting events. It’s great that we’ll now see more people getting out and involved along the waterfront,” he said.
Senator McKenzie, who is also the deputy leader of the National Party, noted that the area included a campground and swimming pool. “It’s so important for people of all ages to get active and this new precinct will encourage the whole community to get outside and enjoy nature while also improving their health,” she said.
Senator Martin said 30 jobs were supported during construction phase. “The new improvements will allow for greater outdoor recreational activity, with lighting, new play facilities and multi-use trails,” he said.
Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans said the revitalisation works had transformed and modernised the river waterfront area, enhancing the local character and ambience of New Norfolk and the Derwent River. "The Esplanade can now become a place for regular events and is a real asset to our community,” Cr Evans said.
The Derwent Valley Waterfront Revitalisation project was jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $600,000, and the Derwent Valley Council providing $76,659. The project will tie in with the neighbouring development that last week saw the demolition of a heritage-listed house to make way for a new rowing club.