Long Jetty work underway at last
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has welcomed the long awaited beginning of work to rebuild Port Welshpool’s iconic Long Jetty.
Mr O’Brien visited the site this week to witness first-hand contractors beginning some demolition work as the rebuild gets underway.
“This has been a long time coming: nearly 15 years after its closure a concerted community campaign, starting in South Gippsland, but supported by many across the entire region has come to fruition.
“I know many people have been cynical about this ever occurring but it’s great to finally see that one of the region’s stand-out attractions will be rebuilt.”
Mr O’Brien said a rebuilt Long Jetty will be a great attraction for tourism as well as a recreational asset for local families, fisherman and visitors from throughout the region and indeed the world.
“Great credit to Russell Broadbent MP, Member for McMillan, for delivering the $4.8 million federal election commitment last year that has now seen the project proceed, and to my predecessor Peter Ryan who long ago committed $5 million from the State Government.
“With $1 million from South Gippsland Shire we will rebuild this jetty and re-establish Port Welshpool as a tourist destination.
“There is a great buzz around the local community to see this work underway and I really look forward to seeing the works progress and the opening of the new jetty in the future.”
Mr O’Brien also paid tribute to the many local people in and around Port Welshpool and South Gippsland who have campaigned tirelessly on this project and ensured that it never fell by the wayside.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien celebrates as work begins at the Port Welshpool Long Jetty.