Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, today officially opened the first stage of the 2km Snowy River Estuary Walk at the invitation of Parks Victoria.
The Snowy River Estuary Walk is an exciting new addition to nature-based tourism for East Gippsland and I commend Parks Victoria for completing stage one of the walk during a particularly wet construction period,” Mr Bull said.
While inspecting the completed walk, Mr Bull was also given a progress report on work to deliver stages two and three of the walk from Mots Beach to Frenches Narrows and across the estuary dunes to the ocean beach.
“The completion of the next stages of the Snowy River Estuary Walk would be a great Christmas present for visitors and locals to enjoy the full length of the new coastal wilderness walk this summer and unless weather conditions delay construction, Parks Victoria are well on track to complete this project on schedule,” Mr Bull said.
“Once completed, the next two stages of the walk will represent an investment in tourism for our region in the order of $500,000.”Together with a section built by East Gippsland Shire from the heart of Marlo
to Mills Street, the full walk will give walkers a two hour journey from the heart of Marlo and out into the breathtaking East Gippsland coastal environment."
After giving the new walk a test run, Mr Bull encouraged locals and visitors to Marlo to enjoy their own coastal walk experience.
Stage three of the project will include the replacement of the existing 140 metre Frenches Narrows Boardwalk along with an upgrade of the track leading to the ocean beach.
Parks Victoria has committed to delivering stage three as a priority ahead of the peak season as it provides a vital link to ocean beach access at Frenches Narrows, with future works to include over 230 metres of elevated boardwalk as part of 1km of gravel surfaced walking track at the base of the coastal escarpment.