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Lakes viewing platform

Lakes viewing platform

$1.5M viewing platform to be built at Lakes Entrance

A $1.5 million viewing platform will be built in Lakes Entrance, with the federal government to match funding from East Gippsland Shire Council.

The Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced $750,000 for the project as part of more than $4 million in Federal Government support for local projects that he says will "boost jobs, spending and investment in Gippsland."

A cantilevered pedestrian lookout and viewing platform will be contructed for people all abilities.

“The new lookout will provide a breathtaking experience for visitors, who’ll enjoy the majestic view of the Gippsland Lakes and the entrance, Ninety Mile Beach and the ocean," Mr Chester said.

“With a key tourism drawcard like the viewing platform, we’ll be able to boost the number of visitors who come to the region and encourage them to stay longer to enjoy the area.

“Gippsland has world-class natural attractions, but unfortunately the infrastructure on public land is old and tired.

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“Work is already underway with $5 million in Federal Government funding to improve pedestrian safety along the Esplanade, while the landmark footbridge had a facelift last year.

“The lookout project, along with others led by council, will improve how visitors see and experience Lakes Entrance and boost its attractiveness. More visitors will come and they’ll want to stay longer, which is good for local businesses and good for local jobs.”

The project is one of a number of initiatives to secure Federal Government funding through the Building Better Regions Fund. The other successful projects are:
- Mirridong Services - $2.32 million for new accommodation units in Yarram
- Hope Restart Centre - $859,850 for additional therapeutic facilities at the residential rehabilitation centre at Lucknow
- Morwell Rose Garden Festival - $100,000 to expand the festival into an international event
- Bnym Aboriginal Corporation - $25,000 for a plan to create jobs in Indigenous arts in the Latrobe Valley
- Latrobe Valley Women in Business - $30,000 for a major forum and workshops to build the skills, knowledge and capability of local businesses.

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