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Local businesses have an opportunity to secure work as part of the $1.5 million Rosedale Revitalisation project, with tenders now open for construction of a new toilet block and picnic shelter at the Willow Park.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $1 million last year to revitalise Rosedale and boost the local economy.

“Wellington Shire Council is contributing $500,000 and is managing the Willow Park upgrade and Rosedale streetscape improvements,” Mr Chester said. “Already, you can see the changes – Rosedale is looking great.

“Local businesses rely on passing traffic, so it’s important we give travellers even more reason to stop and spend in Rosedale.

“You can almost always see vans and RVs set up at Willow Park. If we want these travellers to stay for longer and to encourage others to stop there, we need to provide the appropriate infrastructure.”

Mayor Carolyn Crossley said RAL Constructions from Sale had been contracted to build a new shared pathway linking Willow Park to the town centre.

“The pathway passes under the Princes Highway bridge and connects to Mill Lane. Signage will be installed to help users find their way to and from the shops,” Cr Crossley said.

“The new toilet block and shelter will be part of a new open area at the park where travellers can enjoy the tranquil surrounds.

“Together with the new pathway, these works will help Rosedale to create a reputation as an ‘RV-friendly town’ and encourage more people to stop off on their travels.”

Work on the new shared pathway will be completed in mid-August and the new toilet block and picnic shelter are scheduled to be finished before Christmas.

Tender information for the toilet block and picnic shelter is available on the Wellington Shire Council website. Tenders close August 29.

The Federal Government has spent a further $1 million upgrading the Princes Highway roundabout in Rosedale under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program. This brings the Federal Government’s contribution for the projects in Rosedale to $2 million.

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