Thanks to more than 320 submissions, Wodonga Council has developed a new vision for Gateway Island and released its Draft Gateway Island Master Plan for comment.

The new vision is:
Gateway Island is the heart of one combined community, respecting and valuing indigenous and non-indigenous cultures, showcasing a native Australian environment, and providing a sustainable and vibrant community and economic activity space.
In addition, Gateway Island will develop into a major drawcard, attracting travellers off the Hume Freeway to enjoy recreational and cultural revival during long journeys.

Wodonga Council started the review of the Gateway Island Master Plan in February, asking the community and key stakeholders to tell Council what they valued and what future they saw for the island.

Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said the project had more than 1200 views on www.makewodongayours.com.au and Council was pleased to have that convert into so many actual submissions.

“We are interested in feedback on the vision and the recommendations in the Draft Master Plan. These cover all of the Gateway Island precincts and we’d like to check with the community to see how the Draft Master Plan sits with them,” Cr Speedie said.

“Some of the items that stand out from the recommendations are a Caravan Park near the Gateway Island village and possible relocation of the farmers’ market to a site nearer the river. Other ideas include making use of the former railway line bridge to improve connection between the Island and Wodonga; developing a riverine native botanic garden and interpretive centre; creation of an endangered turtle sanctuary; further development of the International Community Garden; an adventure park and new camping areas.

“Generally, the community told us there’s a real need for more shared trails that connect each of the precincts; and connect the Island to Albury, via pedestrian access across the river,” she said.

People can review the Draft Master Plan online and in person, including attending a drop-in session or commenting via social media using the hashtag #MyGatewayIsland.

The drop-in sessions will be held at La Maison Café in the Gateway Island Village from 2.30pm – 8pm on Wednesday, July 11 and Tuesday, August 7.

The project team will be there to provide information and discuss your feedback. People can arrive at any time during these hours and stay for as little or much time as they have available.

There will also be displays in the Wodonga and Albury Council offices. All the project information can be found at http://www.makewodongayours.com.au/Consultations/Draft-Gateway-Island-masterplan

Cr Speedie said people have until August 10 to provide their input.

The project is an action in the Two Cities One Community Action Plan developed by Wodonga Council and AlburyCity.