State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, has this week in Parliament thrown his support behind a Seafood Festival being established in Lakes Entrance.
“Lakes Entrance is home to easily the biggest port in this state, in relation to both seafood throughput and fishing fleet size. It is also one of the biggest in Australia,” Mr Bull said.
“Such a festival has the opportunity to bring enormous economic benefits to the town, as there is no doubt Victorians have a great affection for fresh local seafood.
“Given the port handles over 80 different species of fish and we have crayfish, prawn and abalone industries just to name a few, it has the potential to attract people from far and wide.
“Port Stephens last year held a very successful seafood related festival where it showcased its local product and had preparations by celebrity chefs and a range of supportive events and I encourage all levels of government to get behind this idea.
“If anything, given the size of the Lakes Entrance industry, it certainly has the potential to do it much bigger and better.
“Events like this will not only attract people to the area for the first time, but it results in increased visitation.
“There is no doubt it has the potential to develop into something very big for our entire region.
“I understand community groups are being sounded out as possible partners in such an event and wanted to use my time in Parliament to put my support for its development on the record,” Mr Bull said.
Caption: A Seafood Festival held in Lakes Entrance would bring enormous economic benefits to town, according to Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016