Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says a multi-million dollar investment is needed from all levels of government to improve facilities on public land in East Gippsland and improve the visitor economy.
Mr Chester met with Secretary of the Orbost Chamber of Commerce Garry Squires this week to discuss local priority projects in the region including the former railway trestle bridge and walking trails.
“The Princes Highway upgrades are improving access to our region and the Orbost streetscape works are positive, but we need to be offering much more to encourage travellers to stop and explore everything we have to offer,” Mr Chester said.
“I’m keen to secure more investment to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for locals and more reasons for visitors to take a break in the region.
“Investing in high quality public infrastructure encourages the touring public to stop and explore the region’s natural attractions and is critical to increasing the appeal and extending the length of stay in the region.
“We need to continue investing in infrastructure that will encourage visitors to stay longer in our region and support our local businesses.
“We also need to bring new visitors here by ensuring we have the facilities they look for in a destination and by marketing our region’s natural attractions.
“All levels of government need to work together to deliver significant new opportunities in the visitor economy and build on existing strengths.”
Mr Chester said projects that could boost the visitor economy in Orbost included the railway trestle bridge restoration, Orbost to Marlo shared pathway, Orbost Forest Park redevelopment, rest area upgrades and new trails close to town.