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More support for fire-affected businesses and communities

27/02/2020

The Victorian Government is backing bushfire affected communities, with new funding for projects across East Gippsland and North East Victoria that will attract visitors and support local jobs.

The Premier, Daniel Andrews, joined Minister for Emergency Services, Lisa Neville, at Buchan Caves today to announce $2 million to rebuild the campground, develop a new masterplan and progress the first stage of works – including a new camp kitchen and other upgrades.

The funding is part of $8.5 million being released today from a new Bushfire Tourism and Business Fund, which will support a range of projects in fire-affected areas across East Gippsland and North East Victoria. The $10 million fund is expected to create more than 260 jobs and could unlock over $120 million in private investment.

Other projects supported by the funding released today include:

  • $2.6 million for Wodonga Logistics Precinct Gas Gate to expand supply and create jobs
  • $1.9 million in additional funding for the Ride High Country Private Sector Activation Initiative to expand bike tourism in north east Victoria
  • $500,000 for Rural Skills Connect co-ordinators to provide employment and training support for bushfire-affected farmers, their families and their workers
  • $500,000 to improve visitor facilities in the Alpine region through the Dinner Plain Activation Project
  • $500,000 for the redevelopment of Colac Colac Caravan Park to support the growth of the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival
  • $300,000 towards a new sprinkler system at the abalone fisherman’s cooperative in Mallacoota
  • $250,000 towards a new masterplan for Paynesville Foreshore and Boardwalk

Today’s investment means the Government has now provided more than $270 million to help bushfire-affected communities recover and rebuild.

Further investment from the fund will be announced in due course.

For more information about bushfire response and recovery, visit vic.gov.au/bushfire-recovery-victoria.



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