Long jetty funding still on the agenda
A visit to Gippsland this week by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss provided another opportunity to lobby for federal funding for the Long Jetty at Port Welshpool.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien met Mr Truss as he visited Gippsland looking at roads, irrigation and local community facilities.
“This was a golden opportunity to have another chat with Mr Truss and remind him of the importance the South Gippsland community places on the Commonwealth funding needed to restore the Long Jetty,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I know Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent is well and truly on the case, in fact Mr Truss confirmed that to me, but it’s really important to take any opportunity to push the need for this Commonwealth funding.”
Mr Truss confirmed that the project was still under active consideration in the second round of the National Stronger Regions Program. It’s expected that the outcomes of that program will be announced before Christmas.
Mr O’Brien said restoration of the iconic Long Jetty was raised with him regularly throughout South Gippsland and by the South Gippsland Shire, which is keen to ensure the project goes ahead as quickly as possible.
“The Long Jetty has been closed for far too long now and the funding for upgrades has dragged on and on. We have $5 million committed from the previous State Coalition Government as well as a $1 million commitment from the Shire,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Earlier this year I confirmed in writing with Labor’s Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford that the state contribution remained on the table pending the outcome of the Commonwealth application.
“I’m really hopeful that we’ll get a positive outcome from Canberra but you never let an opportunity slip so it was good to raise the matter again with Mr Truss this week."