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Qualified construction companies have less than two weeks to submit their tender to build a new bridge to Bullock Island near the gateway to Lakes Entrance.

East Gippsland Shire Council has invited tenders to construct the replacement bridge. The council has also called for tenders for the design of the Bullock Island recreation area.

Local MP Darren Chester announced in April the Federal Government would provide $5 million for the new bridge and complete associated works as part of $20 million for safety and infrastructure upgrades along the Princes Highway from Bairnsdale to Genoa.

“Bullock Island has been an eyesore in need of a facelift for decades,” Mr Chester said. “It’s time we realised the full potential of this remarkable asset.

“Many people in Lakes Entrance will be pleased to see this landmark project is taking important steps forward with support and funding from all levels of government.

“This is an investment in community infrastructure that will provide locals with exceptional facilities and improve the liveability of our town, but also invites tourists to come, explore and stay a little longer.

“We must also acknowledge the economic importance of this project to Lakes Entrance and East Gippsland for contractors, suppliers and to local business and local jobs.

“This project is gaining momentum at a time when the Federal Government is doing what it can to support small and medium sized businesses and their employees during the coronavirus recession.”

Tenders for the bridge close at 12pm on Wednesday, November 4. Tenders for the design of the recreational area must be submitted before noon on Wednesday, October 28.

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