Murray Marathon Adds Value To The Economy

Murray Marathon Adds Value To The Economy

Victoria Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh

Providing Smooth Sailing For Murray Marathon

Victor P Taffa

The Victorian Coalition Government has provided $40,000 to the Murray Marathon to help to ensure smooth sailing for the 2012 charity paddle event.

Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh, who is currently taking part in the annual 404 km canoe race along the Murray River, said the funding had helped the YMCA to plan and promote the 2012 event.

Representing Deputy Premier and Minister for Rural and Regional Development Peter Ryan in announcing the funding, Mr. Walsh said thousands of spectators would follow the paddle over its five-day duration.

“The Victorian Government recognises the Murray Marathon as a significant contributor to not only the social calendar of northern Victoria, but also to the state’s economy.” Mr. Walsh said.

“The marathon attracts about 700 paddlers, their 2,000 ‘land crew’ and more than 300 volunteers, passing through Tocumwal, Picnic Point, Echuca, Torrumbarry and Murrabit.”

“This event contributes more than $1.5 Million to local economies as it makes its way from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill, through increased patronage at local camp grounds, caravan parks, motels and hotels that line the river’s route.”

“It also uses local suppliers in the staging of the activities, with cultural and community activities organised along the route to coincide with the event.”

Mr. Walsh said the Victorian Government funding for the Murray Marathon would be provided to the YMCA through the $1 Billion Regional Growth Fund’s Putting Locals First program.

“Putting Locals First is a $100 Million initiative designed to enable regional communities to plan and deliver services and infrastructure to meet local priorities.” Mr. Walsh said.

“It is supporting stronger and more sustainable regional communities by building their capacity to drive development in their region.”