Outdoor fitness equipment will be erected in Loch Sport to encourage more people to exercise along the foreshore, following the re-election of Darren Chester as the Federal Member for Gippsland.
Mr Chester said the Federal Government would fund a series of fitness stations along the southern shore of Lake Victoria.
“Encouraging local families to get more active and live healthier lifestyles is a passion of mine,” Mr Chester said.
“Building facilities on public land is good for tourism and creates more opportunities for local people to be active.
“Loch Sport is a popular tourist destination. Improvements like this will add to the visitor experience, bringing more people into the region for longer, which will help to support local businesses and create more jobs.
“The funding will be used to install fitness stations, incorporating both aerobic and strength and conditioning equipment to cater for a range of fitness levels. It means people will be able to incorporate muscle-specific exercises into their run, walk or ride.”
Wellington Shire Mayor Alan Hall said Wellington Shire Council would manage the project.
“This will be a welcome addition to the Loch Sport foreshore, which not only attracts plenty of visitors during the peak tourist season, but is also well utilised throughout the year by locals,” Cr Hall said.
“Wellington Shire is supportive of any initiative which encourages people to become more active, improving their health and wellbeing.”
The funding is part of a $280,000 Active Gippsland initiative announced during the election campaign, which includes $100,000 for outdoor fitness equipment along Loch Sport’s foreshore; $30,000 for Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve; $100,000 to reseal the East Gippsland Rail Trail between Bairnsdale and Nicholson; and $50,000 for the first stage of an all-abilities accessible boardwalk along Cunninghame Arm, Lakes Entrance.
Mr Chester has secured more than $13 million for projects across Gippsland that encourage people to get more active and support volunteers in sporting clubs.
This includes $880,000 for Sale Football Netball Club changeroom facilities, $250,000 to upgrade the pavilion at Briagolong Recreation Reserve, $600,000 for Sale Hockey Complex and $267,000 towards a $1 million upgrade of Gippsland Plains Rail Trail. The Gippsland Plains Rail Trail from Traralgon and Stratford is the only rail trail in Victoria where users can catch a train to and from either end.