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More than 300 people attended a public meeting in Lakes Entrance to learn more about current and future projects and put forward their ideas to further improve their town.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester joined a panel at the Mechanics Hall to detail up-coming projects in Lakes Entrance for which he had secured Federal Government funding.

“There are a number of terrific projects underway in Lakes Entrance right now. I am particularly pleased to have secured $750,000 in Federal Government funding to build an iconic lookout at Jemmy’s Point,” Mr Chester said.

“Many would be aware of the $5 million worth of road and streetscape work underway along the Esplanade to improve pedestrian safety, but fewer might know the Federal Government has provided $360,000 to build new and improved changeroom facilities at the Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve.

“I was particularly pleased to talk about the proposed Tatungalung boardwalk linking the Main Beach with Eastern Beach by a lakeside boardwalk.

“I have worked to deliver $50,000 for the first stage of assessing the environmental, technical and engineering requirements for the circuit.”

Lakes Entrance Action and Development Association (LEADA) organised the town hall meeting. The views expressed at the meeting will help LEADA to refine its infrastructure project priorities.

Mr Chester said government support for Lakes Entrance was an investment in the town and its people.

“These projects will benefit locals and add to visitors’ enjoyment of Lakes Entrance. It will increase the number of visitors to our towns and the length of their stay, which in turn supports local businesses,” Mr Chester said.

“Investment in infrastructure like safer roads, shared pathways and boardwalks will complement Lakes Entrance’s natural attractions and encourage locals to get more active, more often.”

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