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The new lookout over Lakes Entrance and the Gippsland Lakes is taking shape alongside the Princes Highway at Kalimna.

Major steel components for the modern, fully-accessible viewing platform are assembled, giving passers-by a good idea of the scale and form of the new structure.

Local MP Darren Chester, who secured Federal Government funding for the project in March last year, has been an interested observer of the changes at the site over the past few weeks.

“On-site work has reached a really interesting stage: we can now see the size and curve of the new platform,” Mr Chester said.

“Even in this unfinished state, the structure is eye-catching. It will certainly draw attention and entice people to stop and enjoy the stunning view.

“This is a perfect example of the kinds of projects governments should support to attract people back to East Gippsland.”

The platform will provide a 270-degree view of the Gippsland Lakes, the Ninety Mile Beach and the ocean.

It is part of a $1.5 million investment comprising the construction of two viewing areas 400 metres apart: one by the highway and the other at Lookout Road, Jemmy’s Point. East Gippsland Shire Council is managing the project.

The creation of the viewing areas is funded with equal contributions from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and East Gippsland Shire Council.

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