The Settlement is undergoing an exciting transformation. The $3.85 million Heartbeat of the Murray Experience project will provide economic benefit to the region, create jobs and stimulate private sector investment in both the Settlement and Swan Hill riverfront.

The project will result in:

  • Heartbeat of the Murray Laser Light Show – a new night-time experience on the banks of the Little Murray that will use laser lighting and special effects to project stories of the Murray River and our region onto a screen of water from the river.
  • An augmented reality app, this new website and wi-fi hotspots – visitors will use their smartphones and devices to visually interpret the lives and experiences of our pioneers as they tour the Settlement’s buildings and machinery.
  • The Paragon Café – Dumosa Hall has been redeveloped as a café, opening up the Settlement’s main street as another function space. The café will serve visitors inside the Settlement as well as people passing by on Monash Drive. The development includes a large deck area and multi-stack doors to open the hall up to the main street.
  • Horseshoe Bend Park – a section of the Settlement, including the Gem and the PS Pyap wharf, will be opened up to the public with the creation of this new park.
  • Lower Murray Inn deck – a multi-purpose deck will be installed on the riverbank at the Lower Murray Inn, further cementing the Inn as a premier entertainment venue.

A $2.8 million State and Federal government contribution has been combined with $770,000 from Swan Hill Rural City Council, $30,000 from Swan Hill Incorporated and $250,000 from the Friends of the Pioneer Settlement.