The site of the old lookout at Kalimna has changed yet again as work to build a new modern, fully-accessibly viewing platform pushes ahead.
The foundations of the old lookout have now been removed to make way for the new structure.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester stopped to check progress at the site alongside the Princes Highway, where a sign showing the design of the new lookout has now been erected.
“It’s good for locals to see evidence that this project is moving ahead,” Mr Chester said.
“After our community has endured such a terrible summer, this work on the lookout is welcome evidence of the work that’s been done to attract visitors back to East Gippsland.
“Now, more than ever, our local tourism industry needs a boost and this new lookout will give people from elsewhere in Gippsland and further afield another reason to come back to East Gippsland soon.”
The site has now been cordoned off to allow heavy machinery to work safely. It is expected to take around eight weeks to build the new viewing platform, which will provide a 270-degree view of the Gippsland Lakes, the Ninety Mile Beach and the ocean.
The $1.5 million project comprises work at two viewing sites 400 metres apart: one at Hotel Road and the other at Lookout Road, Jemmy’s Point. East Gippsland Shire Council is managing the project.
Design work on the second all-abilities accessible pedestrian viewing platform at the Lookout Road site is underway now.
The project is funded with equal contributions from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and East Gippsland Shire Council.