Budget 2020/21 delivers for Gippsland25/11/2020
The Victorian Government’s 2020/21 Budget is investing in initiatives that support recovery, including more than $80 million for better visitor facilities at iconic locations across the Gippsland region.
This funding will be used to improve the Cape Conran Coastal Park, the Mallacoota Inlet and the Point Hicks Lighthouse area near the Croajingolong National Park.
A new $23 million investment will enable a new visitor centre to be built at Wilsons Promontory, and establish a 50,000-hectare biodiversity sanctuary, with a predator proof fence to protect the Park’s unique and abundant wildlife, including its threatened species.
Other investments in the Gippsland region include $18.5 million for the Gippsland Tourism Recovery Package, which will build new accommodation, upgrade the East Gippsland Rail Trail, improve tourism infrastructure across Victoria’s east and support local jobs.
This includes $3.5 million to build 10 eco-pods at Cape Conran Coastal Park and $2 million for more campsites.
A further $2.5 million will help establish the Metung Hot Springs and the Nunduk Spa and Eco-Resort, while $3.85 million will provide better access to Point Hicks Lighthouse – the tallest on mainland Australia.
The Budget also includes $35 million for state-wide Regional Creative Infrastructure projects, including the Latrobe Creative Precinct and $95 million from the $1.25 billion Big Housing Build to build social and affordable housing in Latrobe City and Baw Baw Shire.
There is $122.4 million for new school projects, including the new San Remo Campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College, as well as $241 million to duplicate the Princes Highway to the east between Traralgon and Sale at Flynn and Kilmany.
Following a summer of devastating bushfires, the Budget includes funding for Bushfire prevention and recovery across the state.
The permanent establishment of Bushfire Recovery Victoria will be made possible thanks to a $124 million investment.
A further $46 million will be directed towards the management of bushfire risk through expanded mechanical fuel treatments and the recruitment of additional firefighters, while $20 million will ensure the State Control Centre is staffed 24/7.
Funding has also been received to build and upgrade 1,447 kilometres of strategic fuel breaks across Victoria, including upgrading the temporary Cowwarr-Bruthen fuel break.
On top of funding for the Gippsland region, this year’s Budget also includes a number of state-wide initiatives focused on boosting key regional industries, creating jobs and encouraging regional tourism.
These initiatives include the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package, the $626 million Victoria's Digital Future Now initiative and the $10 million Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regional Recovery Fund.