Crown Lands

New Moama footbridge improves river access

Media release | 19 August 2022

A new footbridge over Horseshoe Lagoon and other upgrades at the Moama foreshore have improved access to the riverfront and provided better wharf facilities for paddlesteamers.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the new footbridge – completed just in time for the current Moama Lights Festival – will bring more tourists to local businesses, while new power and water connections at the wharf will entice more riverboats to stop at the dock and stay longer.

"This new footbridge will make it easier to enjoy the natural environment of Horseshoe Lagoon, while the wharf facilities will help grow the Murray River tourism trade which is a major source of income for the region," Mr Anderson said.

"The steel footbridge is higher than the old wooden bridge it replaces and will leave an enduring legacy that is also safer from raised river levels."

The NSW Government contributed $95,000 towards the cost of a section of the footbridge over Horseshoe Lagoon, a Crown land reserve that is home to native birds, animals, plants and fish. The footbridge has debuted for the start of Moama Lights, with crowds marvelling at the colours saturating the new structure.

The new footbridge was part of Murray River Council’s Moama Foreshore Project which also included a new toilet block at Moama beach, repairs to a retaining wall on the riverbank and a shared pedestrian and cycle path.

Murray River Council mayor Chris Bilkey welcomed the upgrades.

"The bridges offer a scenic outing for both locals and visitors alike, so we hope people will be further encouraged to wander along the walkways and indulge in viewing the local wetlands and wildlife," Cr Bilkey said.

Crown reserves play a critical role protecting the environment and supporting communities with everything from public halls to parks and ovals.

New footbridge - Photo Steve Huntley - Riverine Herald
New footbridge - Photo Steve Huntley - Riverine Herald