Gippsland South The Nationals Environment Sport and Recreation

Grants provide better access to local waterways

Residents and visitors to Port Franklin will have a new platform to admire the view, spot birds and watch the comings and goings of boats thanks to an $80,000 grant from the State Government, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said today.

Mr O’Brien said Walkerville Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management would also receive $20,000 under the latest round of the Coastal Environments Program to provide safe foreshore access and make it easier for people of all abilities to access the water.

“Locals know that it’s important to protect the natural environment and ensure that it’s accessible for all people, as many of these coastal communities relay on the tourist trade,” Mr O’Brien said.

“In addition, residents in South Gippsland live in the best part of the state for a reason, and that is it’s magnificent, therefore it’s important that areas such as Walkerville and Port Franklin are protected for generations to come.”

Mr O’Brien said the new timber platform would replace the current structure alongside the Franklin River and would enable people in wheelchairs a safe vantage point to take in the surrounds.

“The current platform on the corner of Bowen and South streets does not allow those using wheelchairs and walkers to safely access the platform, therefore it will be dismantled and replaced with a new all-abilities access structure,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Providing locals and visitors with safe and easy access to the area’s waterways and coastal locations is vital and these projects will make it more enjoyable for people of all abilities to relax by the water.

“This new structure will be created to blend in with the current surrounding jetties and will give people safe access for many years to come.”

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