Victoria’s Environment Minister has been asked when she will meet with East Gippsland Shire Council so she can be briefed on the need to replace Lakes Entrance’s ageing seawalls.
In State Parliament this week, Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, spoke about the Lakes Entrance Critical Asset Protection (seawall replacement) Program and sought a meeting date from the Minister.
“This involves the replacement of the foreshore and Bullock Island seawalls, which range from being 50 to 120 years old and are at or nearing the end of their functional life,” Mr Bull said.
“I understand the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, which has overall responsibility, submitted a business case earlier this year with a proposal for remediation, repair and replacement of these assets, but funding was not included in this year's budget.
“East Gippsland Shire has advised it has submitted a funding application to the Australian Government’s Regional Growth Fund for a suite of investment projects, however they are reliant on certainty regarding the upgrade of seawall infrastructure.
“I therefore would like to know when the Minister will make herself available to meet with council so she can be briefed on the project,” Mr Bull told Parliament.
The Minister has 30 days to respond.
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, has asked Victoria’s Environment Minister when she plans to meet with East Gippsland Shire Council so she can learn of the need to upgrade Lakes Entrance’s seawall infrastructure.
Friday, June 22, 2018