The Federal Government will provide $1.5 million to support a major upgrade of the Mallacoota streetscape, as the town recovers from last summer’s bushfires.
Local MP Darren Chester has secured the funding under the Regional Recovery Partnership program which was designed to support regions most economically impacted by drought, bushfires and COVID 19.
“This is a huge win for Mallacoota as the town’s business community rebounds from the combined impacts of recent events,” Mr Chester said.
“We have already secured $2.2 million in Federal Government funding for much-needed safety improvements to the main access road but this grant will give the town a facelift and boost the visitor economy.
“It’s been pleasing to see visitors return to Mallacoota in recent months but the economic impacts have still been severe for many operators.
“East Gippsland Shire Council will manage the project in consultation with the local community and I’m looking forward to work starting as soon as possible.”
EGSC Mayor Cr Mendy Urie said Council been a strong advocate for the need for investment in refreshing the Maurice Avenue streetscape.
“We are committed to working in partnership with the Federal Government and Mallacoota residents to deliver the best outcome for locals and visitors.
“Council is already working with the community to finalise plans and will deliver the project once designs are finalised.
“During the bushfires and in the immediate aftermath, Mallacoota was one of the hardest hit towns in our shire and this project will assist the economic recovery.
“We have already repaired many burnt assets and the streetscape upgrade will give the town a fresh look for the future.”