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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the local community will be given an opportunity to provide input into re-developed visitor facilities at the highway entrance to Lakes Entrance.

The local MP says he has received constructive feedback from Lakes Entrance residents since announcing the $1.5 million project.

This week, Mr Chester inspected the site of the current lookout and the Jemmy’s Point reserve with East Gippsland Mayor Natalie O’Connell and acknowledged the great amount of community interest in the project.

“There’s a range of practical ideas being put forward to make sure we get the best possible outcome for locals and visitors,” Mr Chester said.

“With the Shire and Federal Government providing $750,000 each, I’m confident we can develop design options that will improve the visitor experience and be well received by locals.

“Once the geotechnical work is completed, we will know what is possible and we can put forward some options for consideration.

“We have already improved parking and signage at the current lookout, but the rest of the facilities there and at the Jemmy’s Point reserve are outdated.

“We need an iconic viewing platform and associated facilities to encourage more people to stop and spend some time in our beautiful part of the world.”

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