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Transforming Timboon into a top tourism town

19/05/2022

Tucked in a valley north of the 12 Apostles coastline, the town of Timboon is fast becoming a foodie haven and tourist destination thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

The Government has partnered with local business and the Corangamite Shire Council to invest in Timboon over several years to support the town’s jobs growth and to encourage more visitors to stay longer and experience what the hinterland region has to offer.

Recent investments include funding to improve the streetscapes, an extension of the Twelve Apostles Trail to take it from Timboon to Port Campbell, support to unlock more housing supply and for local tourism businesses to expand and create more jobs for locals.

This investment includes support for businesses who are creating the paddock to plate experience and capitalizing on the towns fresh produce to create gourmet food experiences.

With the support of The Regional Jobs Fund, Timboon Fine Ice Cream has been able to tap into this market and grow their business. The family-owned ice creamery, run by a third-generation dairy farming family has become a staple and a key attraction to the town.

The Regional Jobs Fund is also supporting Berry World who recently rebuilt its café, restaurant, and cellar door after they were destroyed in a kitchen fire in 2020. The new facility has doubled its berry harvest and processing potential and created at least seven new full-time jobs.

The Government is investing in infrastructure improvements to the town’s streetscapes and The Twelve Apostles Trail is underway to bring visitors to the doorstep of these local retail and gourmet food businesses.

The Twelve Apostles Trail will further entice visitors to stay longer with $4.5 million from the Regional Infrastructure Fund supporting the construction of a 20-kilometre bike and walking path that will link visitors and locals to Port Campbell and provide a scenic track from the stunning hinterland to the Great Ocean Road coastline.

Other investments in infrastructure through Regional Infrastructure Fund includestheTimboon Town Centre Activation project to improve pathways, replace an old timber footbridge, construct thirty new carparking spaces, plant more trees, install new picnic and street furniture and improve lighting and stormwater management.

This follows previous investment in the town’s streetscapes for the main business area for new pathways, more tree planting, an open public space for markets and events as well as upgrades to picnic tables and bike racks.

The Victorian Government is supporting Timboon to be an even better place, not just to visit but to work, live and invest as part of its commitment to create more housing and to address workforce shortages across the state.

Through the ‘Unlocking Housing - Timboon’ project, $1 million has been allocated to the Corangamite Shire Council to build an environmentally sustainable housing estate on council owned land.

The project will develop up to 40 residential blocks for the town’s growing population and for workers during peak tourism periods by proving essential infrastructure such as water, power, telecommunication, footpaths, and drainage.

More housing to attract more workers to Timboon is an important investment with unemployment falling from 5 per cent in 2014 to 3.3 per cent in 2021.

This investment in Timboon is part of the Government’s almost $30 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015. For more information, visit Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.



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