Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured funding to install outdoor fitness equipment along the southern shore of Lake Victoria as part of the $280,000 Active Gippsland initiative.
Mr Chester said the Federal Government would fund a series of fitness stations along Loch Sport’s shared pathway, most likely along a well-used section between the Charlies Street boat ramp and Cliff Street.
“Encouraging Gippslanders to get more active, more often is a passion of mine,” Mr Chester said. “Investing in better facilities on public land is good for tourism and the liveability of our local communities.
“The package includes funding for fitness stations with both aerobic and strength and conditioning equipment that cater for a range of fitness levels. It means people will be able to incorporate muscle-specific exercises into their run, walk or ride.
“Further investment in infrastructure like shared pathways, exercise tracks and bike trails complement Gippsland’s array of natural attractions.
“This stretch of foreshore in Loch Sport is a picturesque place to exercise. It’s hard to beat the view of the water with the mountains in the distance. Adding to the improvements to public infrastructure in the town will add to the visitor experience, create more jobs and help our region prosper.”
The Active Gippsland funding package comprises:
· $100,000 for outdoor fitness equipment along Loch Sport’s foreshore;
· $30,000 to replace two bridges at Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve;
· $100,000 to reseal East Gippsland Rail Trail between Bairnsdale and Nicholson; and
· $50,000 for the first stage of into an all-abilities accessible boardwalk along Cunninghame Arm, Lakes Entrance.
Mr Chester said the funding was also an investment in the economic health of Gippsland’s towns and communities.
“It will increase the number of visitors to our towns and the length of their stay, which in turn supports local businesses,” Mr Chester said.
The Active Gippsland funding package is among a number of significant Federal Government investments secured by Mr Chester and designed to boost the visitor economy and outdoor activity.
Other projects include the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail upgrade ($267,000), the Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway ($1.6 million), the Haunted Hills Bike Park ($976,500), the Metung boardwalk ($300,000), a viewing platform at Jemmys Point ($750,000), and mountain bike trails at Omeo ($1.5 million).