Metung traders and residents are looking forward to a new tourism attraction this summer, with the extended Metung boardwalk due for completion by mid-December.
The project was identified as one of the Metung community’s highest priorities and will create a safe walk from Chinaman’s Creek to the village centre.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said an independent economic analysis had predicted the lengthened boardwalk would increase the time overnight and day visitors spent in Metung.
“Metung, like the whole Gippsland Lakes region, is an iconic tourism destination that brings visitors from across Australia and around the world to Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.
“Investing in tourism infrastructure, like the boardwalk extension, gives holidaymakers another activity to enjoy while they are here and encourages them to stay longer or return in the future.
“The finished boardwalk is expected to increase visitor expenditure by $4.6 million over five years.
“This project will also encourage further private sector investment in new or existing facilities that complement the current boating and accommodation businesses.”
The $1.12 million project is jointly funded by the Federal Government through its Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program, East Gippsland Shire Council and VicRoads.
The project will extend the boardwalk by 325 metres to Chinaman’s Creek and includes replacing a retaining wall.
“The finished boardwalk will link the commercial areas of Metung village with the boating and accommodation areas,” Mr Chester said.
“We are looking forward to seeing the project finished and ready for use this coming summer during the busy Christmas holidays.”