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Local MP Darren Chester has welcomed East Gippsland Shire’s commitment to complete the first stage of the Jemmy’s Point lookout redevelopment by Christmas.

Council has released concept plans for the Hotel Rd site and plans to deliver a vastly improved viewing platform within the next 12 weeks, before undertaking more detailed work on top of Jemmy’s Point.

“The exciting lookout is old, tired and doesn’t provide access for people with limited mobility or wheelchairs,” Mr Chester said.

“The small site has geotech limitations and I support Council’s decision to build a modest structure there and not disrupt the new parking areas that were built last year.

“We need to get the first stage completed and then undertake detailed planning and consultation on the major site at the top of the hill.

“A new toilet block, linking pathways, long vehicle parking and iconic viewing facilities will all need to be incorporated in the overall design.

“I doubt the $1.5 million I helped to secure from Federal and State Government will be enough to finish the job but let’s get the plan done and the explore further funding options.

“We need better facilities on public land for the liveability of locals and to attract tourists. This project is long overdue and I’m pleased the Council is promising a Christmas completion for the first stage.”

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