O’Brien continues fight for Long Jetty funding
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is continuing the fight for funding for Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty confirming that Commonwealth funding is still very much under consideration. He has also received confirmation that the State Government contribution remains on the table.
Mr O’Brien raised the matter with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss at The Nationals’ recent State Conference.
“Mr Truss indicated to me that the project is still very much under consideration by the Commonwealth Government despite missing out in stage one of the National Stronger Regions Fund,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I have also spoken with Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent and he is actively pursuing funding in Canberra to ensure the restoration of this iconic structure takes place.”
Mr O’Brien said the former State Coalition Government was a strong supporter of the restoration and had committed $5 million to the project to enable preliminary works to begin.
“I recently questioned Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford on whether that funding is still available and she has confirmed in writing that she has no plans to withdraw it.”
Mr O’Brien said the structure was important from not only an historical perspective but also in a contemporary economic sense in that it will attract people to the region.
“Restoring the jetty to the standard required to support tourism activities and recreational fishing would bring significant economic benefits to the community,” he said.
“It would also provide local employment and help boost tourist numbers at Port Welshpool, Welshpool and towns such as Foster and Toora.
“I will continue to work with Mr Broadbent to ensure this long awaited project is delivered for the Gippsland community.”