Campers will find casting into the Campaspe River easier, thanks to a new fishing and kayak platform under construction.
Drawing some of the funds from North Central Catchment Authority (CMA) and working with The Campaspe Shire, the Rochester Reserve Committee of Management will use $60,000 of their $500,000 Australian Government Basin Plan grant to build the platform.
The authority expects the ramp adjacent to the community-run Rochester Riverside Holiday Park will help boost tourism.
THE FISHING PLATFORM’S DESIGN
The final design incorporates more than 85m of wheelchair accessible concrete path and boardwalk leading to the fixed 6mx3m fishing platform and floating kayak/canoe launch.
Park managers Bruce and Eileen Kilpatrick are looking forward to the completion of the wonderful new asset that will enhance their popular bush-style camping ground.
MORE RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY
The upgrade is part of staged renovations within the caravan park, which will include a new camp kitchen in late 2020, as well as cabins anticipated for 2021.
Bruce hopes to employ local tradespeople to build the cabins.
“We are a community park, so any money we make goes straight back into the park and Recreation Reserve,” Bruce explains.
HOLIDAYING IN ROCHESTER BY THE CAMPASPE RIVER
Since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, self-sufficient holidaymakers can again camp riverside on powered and powered sites at the Rochester Riverside Holiday Park.
Rochester Riverside Holiday Park is a short stroll to cafes and a supermarket, a chemist, bakery, butcher and cafes.
Visitors can also check out the Rochester Sports Museum at the Rochester Railway Station. Rochester is located within Victoria’s Goldfields Touring region, a half an our from Echuca.