STAGE two of Pinnaroo's newest tourist attraction was officially opened in a ceremony on Sunday.
About 200 people gathered at the Pinnaroo Wetlands, on the corner of the Mallee Highway and Homburg Terrace, where the ribbon was cut to open facilities including a shelter with a free barbecue, chairs, tables, toilets and entrance signage.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the $220,000 redevelopment, which was funded by the Federal Government and the Southern Mallee council, had been made into a valuable community space.
"It is proposed to be used not only as wetlands, but a community gathering space," Mr Pasin said.
He said a group of motivated Pinnaroo residents had transformed the former railway dam into something special.
"Local artists were also invitied to help out with the design and production of unique and interpretive signage for the walking trails, providing an opportunity to showcase local talent," he said.
Federal Infrastruct-ure and Regional Development Minister Warren Truss said the wetlands would be a drawcard for the town.
"Vital infrastructure projects like this create tourism, boostthe local economy and provide spaces for communities to interact," Mr Truss said.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the project gave people a chance to get outdoors, both locals and visitors.
"The redeveloped wetlands will also be a welcome space for tourists to break their journey, delivering a sustainable economic boost to the town," he said.
The finishing touches of stage two should be completed by June 30.
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