Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed additional funding of $1.85 million to improve facilities on Bullock Island at Lakes Entrance.
Mr Chester, who last month secured $5 million from the Federal Government to replace the bridge and associated facilities, said Bullock Island would became a much-improved attraction for locals and visitors.
“Bullock Island has been an eyesore in need of a facelift for decades and we’ve finally secured a deal which involves local, state and federal government funding,” Mr Chester said.
“There is a lot of potential at this landmark site adjacent to the entrance of the Gippsland Lakes, but the State Government has neglected the island. That’s finally changing.
“Since East Gippsland Shire Council took over as the committee of management, I’ve secured $5 million from the Commonwealth and the shire is providing $1.5 million. Now the state has just announced $1.85 million, which East Gippsland MP Tim Bull and I have been chasing for some time.
“It’s great news for locals and visitors to Lakes Entrance.”
Mr Chester said the funding would allow the first stages of the master plan for the island to be implemented.
“Our region has faced a challenging few months and improving community infrastructure such as this not only provides locals with exceptional facilities, but invites tourists to come and explore the area,” Mr Chester said.
“I look forward to seeing work begin on Bullock Island and I will continue to work with East Gippsland Shire and the local community to improve facilities.”