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Agnes Falls tourism boost for South Gippsland
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will boost tourism in South Gippsland with funding to complete a revamp of Agnes Falls near Toora.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien was joined today by Shadow Minister for Environment Nick Wakeling at Agnes Falls today to announce $200,000 for redevelopment work at the falls.
Mr O’Brien said after an application for funding was rejected by the Andrews Labor Government, South Gippsland Shire was proceeding with construction of the cantilevered viewing platform, but other much-needed works had to be sacrificed.
“Today’s announcement will complement what the Shire has been able to fund by ensuring that the carpark, signage and tracks into the platform are upgraded and allow all-abilities access into the falls,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Agnes Falls is a hidden gem in South Gippsland – almost literally. The viewing platform out over the gorge will dramatically improve views of the falls while our contribution will make sure more people can visit, bringing more tourists to our region.
“The Friends of Agnes Falls committee has worked hard on this project for many years and I’m delighted to announce a Liberal Nationals Government will deliver it in full if we’re elected in November.”
Mr Wakeling said picnic areas will also be improved and further vegetation works undertaken around the falls to enhance the visitor experience.
“Agnes Falls are the highest single span falls in Victoria and we want to let people come and enjoy them,” Mr Wakeling said.
“Coupled with magnificent local attractions like Wilson Prom, Waratah Bay and Corner Inlet, the project will drive visitor numbers and the whole region will benefit.”
Mr O’Brien said the Labor Government’s failure to support the project came at a cost to Gippsland tourism, jobs and economic opportunities.
“The Nationals are focused on bringing people out of the city and boosting our local economies. Funding for this great project will help,” Mr O’Brien said.
Cr Ray Argento, Friends of Agnes Falls Secretary, Kathy Whelan, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, Shadow Minister for Environment, Nick Wakeling and Friends of Agnes Falls Vice President Peter Lee pictured at Agnes Falls.