The Morrison Government is backing Murrumbidgee tourism, supporting community infrastructure and creating local jobs, with a $2.85 million election commitment to upgrade facilities at the Darlington Point Riverside Caravan Park*.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce, said the upgrade will help provide a fully accessible tourism park unique to the region.

“Facilities like Darlington Point Caravan Park on the banks of the Murrumbidgee play an important role in the regional economy,” Mr Joyce said.

“This upgrade will help establish a new operations and management precinct, upgrade amenity buildings as well as providing a new camp kitchen and barbecue area.”

Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, said the funding showed the Morrison Government’s commitment to rural Australia and the regional economy.

“Darlington Point is an important facility both for the local community and for the many tourists who come to this region,” Minister Ley said.

“Having been at the park only recently, it is clear to see its role in encouraging people to our region, as a base for exploring the Griffith wine country, or experiencing the beauty of the river environment.

“A new entrance, new showers, new cooking facilities and new outdoor recreation areas will help attract more visitors to the region and more money into the local economy.

“A re-elected Morrison Government will continue to deliver a better future for Farrer as part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.”

Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said Council’s proposed upgrade to the Riverside Caravan Park is an exciting opportunity for Darlington Point and the entire region.

“Stage 1 of the proposed redevelopment will provide significant benefits for tourists and associated local businesses by providing a contemporary park to cater for increasing visitor numbers and varied accommodation demands.”

*Darlington Point is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, roughly half way between Narrandera and Hay – pictured with the park’s managers Andrew Rodwell and Juanita Rodwell, and lessee Luke Payne.