Labor dragging feet on Sealers Cove project

The State Government has quietly pushed out the timeline for repairs to the popular Sealers Cove walking track at Wilsons Promontory to 2025.

The important tourist asset, which Parks Victoria itself describes as “one of the most popular hikes in Victoria”, was damaged during the 2021 October storms and has remained closed ever since.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, said he was frustrated at the glacial pace of repairs to an important tourist attraction for South Gippsland.

“I raised my concerns with the Minister for Environment over the timeline of the Sealers Cove repair project last year when it came to light that 18-months on from the storm this project was still at the design stage.

“At the time Parks Victoria indicated publicly that the walk repairs would be completed by 2024 but a recent sneaky update on the Parks website now indicates it won’t begin until 2025. That’s after the Government announced the project was funded in September 2023!

“I was already disappointed by a three-year timeline for the project so to have this blown out to four years is a huge frustration.”

Mr O’Brien said it was a testament to Labor’s inability to manage projects that the Sealers Cove repair project is still at the stage of completing “assessment and approvals” two-and-a-half years after it was closed by storm damage.

“This is another example of a city-centric Labor Government pushing an important regional project to the bottom of their pile.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, a regular visitor to the Prom, is calling for repairs to the Sealers Cove track to be made a priority.

“When it is an urban project it gets done pronto but when it is something in a part of regional Victoria that is critical to our tourism offering, the Government is extremely slow.”

Mr O’Brien said given that the Prom is a world-class national park that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, including many thousands of overseas visitors, having this project continually pushed back and treated as low priority simply isn’t good enough.

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