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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured $1.3 million for a much-needed upgrade of Forest Park.

Mr Chester said the Forest Park upgrade would revitalise and modernise Orbost’s recreation area, visitor rest-stop and gateway to the East Gippsland Rail Trail.

“Improving the adjoining park network along the banks of the Snowy River will deliver social and economic benefits to Orbost,” Mr Chester said.

“This will encourage more people to stop and take a break in the region and provide a destination for those travelling along the Princes Highway.

“Works will include a new toilet and amenities block, increased parking, a playground, installation of a picnic area and complement the upgrade of the iconic Snowy River trestle bridge that connects Forest Park to the East Gippsland Rail Trail.”

Mr Chester said the investment would build on other projects underway in the area and in turn will create local jobs during construction and longer term.

“We need to continue to invest in infrastructure that will encourage visitors to stay longer in our region and support our local businesses,” Mr Chester said.

“The Federal Government is working in partnership with East Gippsland Shire Council to deliver local priority projects.

“Projects such as the Forest Park redevelopment will boost the visitor economy in Orbost and ensure we have good facilities to market our region’s attractions.

“I’m keen to secure more investment to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for locals and more reasons for visitors to take a break in the region.”

This announcement is part of a $7 million funding package through the Federal Government’s Regional Recovery Partnership (RRP) that supports five East Gippsland community-based projects that will boost the regional economy.

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