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Loch Sport “bounce” on the agenda as tourism resumes

Loch Sport has a bright future and can rebound quickly from the current coronavirus lockdown according to The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien.

Mr O’Brien was in Loch Sport this week meeting with Wellington Shire Mayor and local councillor Alan Hall and president of the Loch Sport Business and Tourism Association Matt Edey.

Mr O’Brien said there are a number of issues and projects on the agenda for Loch Sport, but the town was well-placed to bounce back from an extraordinarily difficult first half of the year.

“After the bushfires smashed tourism over summer, we’ve now had coronavirus lockdowns cause enormous issues for businesses in the town, meaning they also lost their Easter trade as well,” Mr O’Brien said.

“However, its clear construction activity is continuing apace in Loch Sport and redevelopment of the supermarket precinct has been a boon for the town, with further stages planned.”

Mr O’Brien said discussions with the Shire and community included long-standing matters such as foreshore erosion, a proposed safe harbour facility on Lake Victoria and planning matters that will help the town continue to grow.

“I’m very keen to work with the community and the Shire to help advance some of these issues to ensure Loch Sport gets the attention it deserves

“I’m also continuing to work with the Community Reference Group on fire protection for the town following concerns raised in January about the lack of firebreaks and prescribed burning.

“I understand a meeting held last month with state government agencies has produced some progress on these issues and I will continue to follow-up to ensure Loch Sport is well-protected for next summer.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with Wellington Shire Mayor, Alan Hall and president of the Loch Sport Business and Tourism Association, Matt Edey.



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