New look ahead at gallery

A DECK and large extended lawn area will be constructed across the front of the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery to bolster outdoor performances and events. 

Work started on Wednesday to give the area near the gallery and Spoons Riverside on Monash Drive a facelift. 

A new shared pathway is being extended from Monash Drive to Spoons Riverside and the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery. Picture: PETER BANNAN

A new shared pathway is being extended from Monash Drive to Spoons Riverside and the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery. Picture: PETER BANNAN

The shared pathway will be extended from the PS Gem, in front of Spoons Riverside to the levee bank, complementing the existing timber wharf.

A deck will be built across the front of Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery and a large extended lawn area created for outdoor performances and events. 

The road and car parks in the area will also be re-aligned and formalised and new drainage and kerb and channel installed.

Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Les McPhee said it was great to see another riverfront project getting underway.

"We've seen pathway and other developments all along the riverfront, from the wetlands to the Pioneer Settlement," Cr McPhee said.

"And now this will be extended to include the PS Gem, the gallery and Spoons Riverside."

"The shared path will make the area more accessible as well as further promoting active transport, the realigned road and car park will be safer and more user friendly and the new outdoor space will be a fantastic asset for the gallery."

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery director Ian Tully said the project would not only bring the beauty of the gallery to the outside but it's creating a whole new function space.

"We've had tremendous success with our outdoor concerts in the past and the new decking and extended lawn area will give us more space and even more options," Mr Tully said.

Traffic control will be in place during construction. 

This project has been funded by Regional Development Victoria, Transport Accident Commission and council.

Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Les McPhee

Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Les McPhee

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