A great community partnership between the East Gippsland Specialist School, local MP Tim Bull, Gippsland Ports, DELWP and East Gippsland Shire has delivered new picnic tables at Bullock Island.
As part of the progressive improvement to Bullock Island, Gippsland Ports donated timber from jetties and structures it removed from Nicholson, Johnsonville and Lakes Entrance and Mr Bull organised the students at the specialist school to construct the tables.
“Having been in the specialist school council for many years, I was aware of the students’ abilities to construct these tables and thought it was a good match,” Mr Bull said.
“DELWP as the land manager came on board and assisted with transportation and the shire has the concrete slabs poured, so it was a real joint effort.
“Bullock Island is heavily patronised by many sectors of the community, whether it be tourists taking in the spectacular views, elderly residents getting some peace and quiet by the water or even families watching their loved ones go out to sea, so it is pleasing to see everything come to fruition.
“It was also a fantastic project for the students from the specialist school. In years to come they will be able to look back and remember what a great role they played in the project, which will give them a real sense of pride in their community.”
East Gippsland Specialist School woodwork teacher, Alex Green, said the school’s program focussed on giving students trade experience and basic skills in varied aspects, OHS training and community exposure.
“Community projects are a real asset in our training and give valuable experience,” Mr Green said.
Mr Bull said he had been involved in various discussions regarding the improvement of Bullock Island.
“While there is further work to be done, it is good to see the car turning circle / car park being sorted and this is another small step in beautifying the area.”
The Liberal Nationals also recently announced if elected, they would provide $1.5 million for a major development that will include a viewing platform, boardwalk and on-water café, selling fresh local fish.
“Importantly, this development will also include toilets that are accessible to the public, something that is lacking on the Island,” Mr Bull said.
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull with East Gippsland Specialist School students, teacher Alex Green and classroom assistant Barry Robertson after installing the tables last week.
Monday, September 17, 2018