Pontoon makes a splash in the Gwydir

June 29, 2020

The NSW State Government’s Restart NSW program recently combined with Gwydir Shire Council to fund a brand-new pontoon on the Gwydir River beside Bingara’s Campbell Bridge.

The pontoon will make accessing the river much easier for a range of river activities including fishing, swimming and the launch or retrieval of kayaks.  With varying river flows and heights, the pontoon is designed to accommodate this with the ability to rise and fall.

The concept of the pontoon was originally conceived through the shop front community brainstorming sessions, which were held some years back.

Over the next several months a footpath linking this area of the river back to the Bingara Pool precinct will get underway. The completion of the pontoon is an important link in the Big River Dreaming project which will also include upgrades to the Bingara Swimming Pool, Living Classroom and pathways connecting the town.

Funding for the project has been a combined effort of the State Government and Gwydir Shire Council, with Council Town Utilities and Plant Manager, Andrew Cooper confirming that the project currently on budget.

The Big River Dreaming project was announced in 2018 and seeks to enhance Bingara’s prime position on the Gwydir River by integrating the town’s attractive and renowned waterfront, recreational facilities, pool and Aboriginal heritage into one cohesive tourism destination.

Now that travel restrictions have been lifted, Bingara is experiencing a tourism boom.

The town continues to improve its infrastructure, making things better for locals and locals alike.  The latest addition is two pontoons on the Gwydir River, which gives easier access, or simply a platform from which to fish.