An elected Liberal Nationals government will kick-start development of a new $4.5 million tourism drawcard on Bullock Island that will boost visitation to Lakes Entrance.
Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull were on Bullock Island today to announce if elected the Liberal Nationals will inject $1.5 million into the project, which will see a new on-water café – selling fresh caught fish – a viewing area and waterfront decking built.
Mr Walsh said the project was an important investment in the popular tourist town.
“Labor’s latest State Budget handed Lakes Entrance a raw deal,” Mr Walsh said.
“Only the Liberal Nationals will work to grow all of Victoria by investing in projects, like this one at Bullock Island, which will make it more attractive to live and work in regional Victoria.”
Mr Bull said: “As part of the plans, a new café, viewing area and waterfront decking will be built on the island to make this part of Lakes Entrance even more popular to local residents and visitors.”
“Bullock Island is one of the prime pieces of real estate in the entire region and this is a great first step in developing the Island into a showpiece and a real Lakes Entrance attraction.
“This will benefit all Lakes Entrance businesses and the local economy by providing a real attraction in the town.
“Tourism is one of the largest industries in Lakes Entrance. This project, proposed by the Lakes Entrance Fisherman’s Cooperative, will boost visitors to our town and our local economy.”
Cooperative chairman, Geoff Ellis, welcomed the commitment from the Liberal Nationals and called for a similar pledge from the Andrews Government.
“Our Cooperative identified that this town needs a boost, so we put forward this proposal that will benefit a lot of people and businesses in Lakes Entrance,” Mr Ellis said.
“This is a project we have also raised with the current government and we are also seeking its support because we acknowledge the town needs an attraction like this.”
While in Lakes Entrance, Mr Walsh also announced the next step in our plan to decentralise Victoria’s population.
If elected, the Liberal Nationals will restore Council Planning Flying Squads to take the pressure off Victoria’s rural and regional councils, better supporting development and investment growth in country Victoria.
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh, East Gippsland Shire CEO, Gary Gaffney, Fishermen’s Cooperative Chairman, Geoff Ellis, and EGSC Mayor, Cr Joe Rettino, at the announcement that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will invest $1.5 to help develop Lakes Entrance’s Bullock Island as a tourism attraction.
Friday, May 18, 2018