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The finishing touches are now being made to Willow Park at Rosedale as its facelift nears completion.

The upgrade was part of the $1.5 million Rosedale Revitalisation project, funded with $1 million from the Federal Government and $500,000 from Wellington Shire.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said he hoped the improvements made at Willow Park would encourage visitors to take a break in Rosedale.

“Local businesses rely on passing traffic, so it’s important we give travellers every reason to stop and spend in the town,” Mr Chester said.

“Willow Park now has a new toilet block, picnic shelter and plantings to make it a more attractive place to stop and stay for a couple of nights by the Latrobe River – and that’s good for the economy and good for road safety.”

Mr Chester announced $1 million toward the project to boost Rosedale’s economy. The money was part of the Federal Government’s $43 million support package to boost Gippsland’s economy following the closure of Hazelwood Power Station.

Sale’s RAL Constructions undertook the building works and constructed the shared pathway. Drouin-based Meluca Group completed the access road into the park, while Clint Kelly Excavations from Montgomery also carried out work at the site.

Wellington Shire Mayor Alan Hall said modern infrastructure was needed to encourage travellers to extend their stay in Rosedale.

“The shared pathway and signage is an important addition to Rosedale’s infrastructure as it will be easier for people staying at Willow Park to walk to the shops to stock up on supplies or enjoy a meal,” Cr Hall said.

“Together, this package of works will help Rosedale to further build its reputation as an RV-friendly town.

“The work at Willow Park complements the streetscape improvements undertaken in Prince Street. Rosedale is looking great right now and I hope local businesses will benefit from the work that’s been done.”

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