Cowper resident Margaret Walker isn’t impressed council wants to build a floating pontoon on her side of the river instead of at Brushgrove.
Cowper resident Margaret Walker isn’t impressed council wants to build a floating pontoon on her side of the river instead of at Brushgrove. Debrah Novak

There's a pontoon on offer

A PONTOON originally planned to attract river tourism to Brushgrove is being shifted to Cowper, and local resident Margaret Walker isn't happy.

The residents of Cowper will be taking the full brunt of the negative impacts of the proposed pontoon that is supposed to bring the economic benefits of river tourism to the village of Brushgrove, which is across the river she said.

"If the pontoon isn't going to achieve its original purpose then the money shouldn't be spent. There is no point in rushing this through," Ms Walker said.

Putting the pontoon on the South Arm of the river at Cowper will mean it is near no amenities such as toilets or park and barbecue facilities.

It will also be right in front of the Catholic Church in Cowper, fuelling Ms Walker's fears that with nothing else to do people will loiter around the church.

An alternative site for the pontoon is at the Island End Reserve at the southern tip of Brushgrove, but locals such as Gwen Newberry argue that the water there is too deep and that this area cops the full force of the river.

Ms Newberry is a member of the local fishing club and said that many of the other locals were in favour of the Cowper location for the pontoon because it would be near the boat ramp, making launching easy.

With only a pub and a post office/general store in the village, she said economic benefits of river tourism were being overestimated.

Despite the Cowper site being preferred by council it is not a done deal. Deputations can be made at a site meeting tomorrow at11am or in the afternoon at Maclean council chambers.



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