New loos at parks and reserves near Mildura
Thursday 8 August, 2013
Parks Victoria has installed new loos to enhance facilities and better protect the environment at parks and reserves along the Murray River near Mildura.
Parks Victoria Ranger in Charge Kym Schramm said the facilities at Kings Billabong Park have been planned for some time. The toilets at Merbein Common replace older facilities.
“The new toilets will help meet increasing demand from visitors and the community, and include some design features to better protect the environment on the floodplain,” said Mr Schramm.
“In addition to meeting EPA certification standards, the vaulted toilets are more environmentally friendly as they incorporate a sealed unit to hold effluent and prevent overflow during flooding.
“They are also designed to blend in with the environment. The colour palette and materials used to build the toilets complement the natural bush setting and maximise the use of natural light.”
Local friends groups who volunteer at both sites have welcomed the new facilities.
“The Friends of Kings Billabong and Friends of Merbein Common were instrumental in driving the need for new toilets as they spend a lot of time in these parks and reserves.
“In addition to leisure time, they spend many hours on revegetation projects to enhance and protect the environment, and help to build and maintain the walking and cycling tracks,” said Mr Schramm.
“The new toilets are a welcome addition for our friends, the local community and visitors that participate in a variety of recreational activities at Kings Billabong and Merbein Common,” he said.
The upgrades were completed as part of an ongoing Victorian Government initiative supporting the establishment of 140,000 hectares of River Red Gum parks and reserves.
In addition to protecting their biodiversity and natural beauty, Parks Victoria recognises the role of the River Red Gum parks and reserves for nature-based activities to support tourism in the region.
“The upgrades are part of a strategy to improve key day visitor and camping areas from Rutherglen to the South Australian border to enhance the visitor experience and meet increasing demand.
“Kings Billabong and Merbein Common are popular spots for bush walking, bird watching, fishing, boating and canoeing along the Murray River, and these upgrades will help encourage visitors to return to their favourite spot time and time again,” he added.
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