Drainage program a Coalition project
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Drainage program a Coalition project

The official opening  this morning of the East Bairnsdale Wetlands project, which has opened up additional land for development through addressing drainage and surface water issues, was another important local project funded by the former State Coalition Government coming to fruition, State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said.

“The venture attracted funding of $1.7 million from the former Coalition Government, $1m from the Federal Government and $350,000 from East Gippsland Shire Council,” Mr Bull said.

“It is yet another project the current State Government would like locals to think it had something to do with, when in fact it was the former Coalition State Government that was the contributor to this project, which has been overseen by East Gippsland Shire,” he said.

“In fact the state contribution came out of the Regional Growth Fund, which supported many projects in this town, including the new library, mall upgrade, All Abilities Playground and this development to name a few – a fund this Labor Government scrapped on coming to power.

“We all know the benefits Patties Foods brings to the region with its employment this project will allow expansion of that business and address the impediments to others that were being created by stormwater,” Mr Bull said.

Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, said the Federal Coalition Government invested $1 million towards the drainage upgrade and was pleased to partner with all levels of government and local businesses to complete this project. 

“This new land will help create local jobs. The two new wetlands and drainage system is a great outcome for residents and businesses who were having troubles with stormwater management,” Minister Nash said.  

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, joined the community for the official opening of the project today.  

“This is about unlocking new opportunities for the East Gippsland region.  

“Patties Foods is now able to expand, creating more jobs for the community. New industrial and residential land will also be unlocked for future development and water quality in the Gippsland Lakes will improve,” he said.

Monday, December 19, 2016