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Have your say on Yamagata garden, riverside walk

Have your say on Yamagata garden, riverside walk

Concept designs for the Yamagata Japanese Garden and Riverside Walk are out for public comment.

The Yamagata Japanese Garden will sit proudly atop the bank of the Little Murray River, nestled into an existing cluster of mature trees at the southern entrance to the Big 4 Riverside Park.

To be opened in 2020, it will highlight and reinforce the commitment, growth of understanding and friendship that has evolved between Swan Hill and Yamagata, since its sister-city relationship began in 1980.

Council’s Director Development and Planning Heather Green said the design combined traditional Japanese garden style and the rural Australian landscape to create a contemporary public garden.

“We really want this space to represent an authentic Japanese Garden as much as possible so it becomes a place of significance that will be enjoyed by locals and visitors,” Ms Green said.

“Helping us achieve this has been overwhelming support from the Yamagata City Council, including assistance with the design phase as well as offering assistance to implement the garden.”

Ms Green added that the new designs also included a new shared pathway and additional car parking.

“We’ve also planned an extension to the riverfront walk that will connect the recently constructed shared path at the southern end of the Pioneer Settlement to the existing path at the Big 4 Riverside Caravan Park.

“The path will include sections of boardwalk and shared access for pedestrians and cyclists, making it easier to navigate and improving the look of the area.

“The project will also incorporate the development of much need new car parking along Monash Drive, opposite the Pioneer Settlement and a new raised pedestrian crossing.”

Subject to funding, work on the garden is expected to commence mid 2019, with the walking track and road upgrade to follow.

Design plans are available for public comment until Friday, 18 January 2019.

Click here to have your say online, or write to us at PO Box 488, Swan Hill. Alternatively you can attend the upcoming consultation session from 12pm to 2pm on Friday, 7 December 2018 at the Swan Hill Regional Information Centre.

For more information please visit council’s website or contact Nathan Keighran on 5036 2442.