BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME: Mildura Rural City Council general manager Community Martin Hawson at the completed Langtree Avenue connection that links the riverfront to the central business district.

ONE of the most eagerly awaited and talked about components of Mildura’s riverfront development is now complete.

Today, a pedestrian connection that links Mildura’s central business district to the riverfront precinct will be officially opened by Mildura Rural City Council.

The official proceedings will commence from the Seventh Street lawns at 2pm, after which time the public is encouraged to use the new connection.

The new all access pathway is made up of terraced steps and ramps and extends from the end of Langtree Avenue, across the existing railway line and down to the riverfront precinct.

The connection allows passage for pedestrians from Seventh Street to Hugh King Drive, where they can access a 1.2km promenade along the riverfront.

From 3pm to 8pm, community celebrations will be hosted by Council.

The public are invited to explore the new connection,view the ‘Welcome to Country’ art installation and sign an official launch book to commemorate the day.

Live entertainment and a free barbecue will also be at available until 6pm.

Completion of the Langtree pedestrian connection signals a significant step towards the completion of stage one of the $19.25million Mildura Riverfront Redevelopment Project.

“The Langtree connection will provide direct access from the city centre to the river, which will be great for locals and the thousands of visitors our region attracts each year,” general manager Community, Martin Hawson said.

“This won’t just be a thoroughfare for people to use to get from the river to the central business district, it will also act as an additional public space for people to gather in Mildura.

“Accessible on foot, in a wheelchair or with a pram, the connection will also feature lighting and artwork. More than 4500 new trees and shrubs have been planted throughout the connection.”