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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is optimistic he can secure the money needed to build an iconic viewing platform at Jemmy’s Point near Lakes Entrance before this year’s election.

With the Federal election expected in May, Mr Chester said he was pursuing two options for the $1.5 million required to build the viewing area.

“East Gippsland Shire has a grant application under consideration through the Building Better Regions Fund and I’ve also sought any surplus funds from the current highway upgrades,” Mr Chester said.

“As a road safety initiative and a regional development opportunity, the project is long overdue and I’m hopeful that we can get funding locked away as soon as possible.

“We need to be providing better infrastructure on public land to support the visitor economy and allow locals to enjoy our outstanding natural environment.

“Projects like viewing platforms, walking and bike trails, interpretive signage and picnic facilities all add to the liveability of our region and encourage visitors to stay longer and support the local economy.

“We need to see more investment from all levels of government in projects that will support the visitor economy and create more local jobs.”

Mr Chester has already secured $1.5 million from the Federal Government to help fund 81 kilometres of mountain bike trails at Omeo. Commonwealth money has also been spent on extending the boardwalk by Bancroft Bay at Metung.

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