Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—The historic village of Morpeth has become a magnet for visitors to the Maitland and Hunter areas, widely known and loved for its boutique shopping, interesting dining and unique location. The village added a string to its bow recently with the official opening of its $1.2 million upgrade to Queens Wharf, and I was delighted to be present for the occasion.

The wharf has been extended, the boat ramp has been widened, and there is now a second access ladder. Away from the water, the carpark has been renewed, there are new footpaths, and landscaping works such as new turf, gardens and retaining walls are in place. The enhanced access to our glorious Hunter River will ensure improved accessibility for smaller recreational vessels at all tide levels and better accommodate visiting larger commercial vessels.

I congratulate Maitland City Council for jointly funding this fabulous initiative alongside Transport for NSW, and helping to make Morpeth an even more appealing destination for locals and visitors to our region. Remember: #It Must Be Morpeth