Pictured in front of the streetscape improvements in Paynesville today are Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester; Paynesville Business and Tourism Association president, Janet McLeod, State Member, Tim Bull and East Gippsland Mayor, Cr Peter Neal.
Over $2 million in capital works projects were opened in Paynesville today in what State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, described as a “great day for the community”.
Mr Bull said the projects, which included the boat ramp upgrade, Esplanade redevelopment, Gilsenan Reserve upgrade and Progress jetty, received just on $1 million funding from the previous Coalition Government.
“Also, full credit to East Gippsland Shire Council for contributing just over $1million to these important projects as well as the Paynesville and District Community (Bendigo) Bank and other community groups.
“All up the bank has contributed $350,000 to local community initiatives over the past 10 years and that is a significant figure and shows those who bank locally the benefits of doing so. The volunteer committee has every right to be very proud of its achievements.
“It was also great to hear from Ross Gilsenan, who spoke at the ceremony. His family is synonymous with this town and to hear of his historical references was pertinent on this occasion.
“The works that have been carried out not only make the place look a lot smarter, but provides improved facilities for those who are visiting Paynesville. Tourism is so important to the local economy and we need to meet visitors’ expectations. These works certainly assist in that area.”
Mr Bull said that while much had been done in Paynesville there remained more to do and urged the State Government to support a current application for funds to improve public berthing in McMillan Strait.
“I don’t think anyone could argue the previous Government hadn’t made a significant investment in Paynesville and it would be good to see the current government continue this trend and provide the funds for improved boating facilities.”