The transformation of Lakes Entrance’s main transport routes will continue in 2021 with the Federal Government signing off on $13.6 million worth of works.
Local MP Darren Chester said the funding package would include the next stage of works on The Esplanade, a new bridge to Bullock Island and improvements to Marine Parade.
“Over the past five years we have been transforming the highway through Lakes Entrance with pedestrian safety improvements, better access for people with disabilities and a new road surface,” Mr Chester said.
“The current stage of works is virtually completed and this additional funding will allow further improvements in the area near the Club Spit, the western entrance to town from Kalimna and Eastern Beach Rd intersection.
“I’ve worked with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack throughout the year to get the next stage of works underway and it will be a partnership between all levels of government.
“The Federal Government contribution of $13.6 million will leverage additional funding from East Gippsland Shire Council and the State Government.”
Mr Chester said the new Bullock Island bridge would be the next stage of the master plan for the island.
“Bullock Island is finally being developed in consultation with stakeholders to make it a more attractive destination for locals and visitors,” Mr Chester said.
“We need to keep investing in facilities on public land to grow the visitor economy and create local jobs in support of our traditional industries.”
Pictured: Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured funding for the next stage of upgrades to The Esplanade and other road transport projects in Lakes Entrance.