Time to get on with the Long Jetty
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has called on State and Federal Governments to move quickly to start reconstruction of the Long Jetty at Port Welshpool.
Mr O'Brien said with the now re-elected Federal Coalition having committed $4.8 million in the lead up to the election for the restoration of the jetty, all of the funding was now ready to go.
"Ultimately this is a State Government asset managed by Gippsland Ports so we need the State Labor Government to get on with the planning necessary to get this project underway.
"I have written to Melbourne Labor's Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford to seek her assurances that the $5 million committed by The Nationals in Government is ready to be allocated so work can begin as soon as possible.
"With the Federal Coalition only sworn into government this week it will take some time to arrange for their contribution to be delivered but the state can get work underway in the meantime.
“The Long Jetty is an iconic structure in Port Welshpool and the wider South Gippsland region and it’s fantastic that it will now be rebuilt and a great credit to the community and the work of Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent.
“This structure is 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 will bring significant economic benefits to the community.”
Mr O’Brien said the restoration would also provide local employment and help boost tourism at Port Welshpool and throughout South Gippsland.
“In Government, The Nationals committed $5 million for the restoration and in previous correspondence from the Minister, she has assured me that this funding iss still available so I now call on the government to get on with the job,” he said.
Mr O’Brien said South Gippsland Shire Council would also contribute $1 million towards the project.
“The South Gippsland community has campaigned hard to ensure funding for this iconic project is delivered, so I congratulate all those who have played a part."