- Victorian Coalition Government delivers $90,000 for Port Welshpool Marine Precinct Master Plan
- $120,000 project to develop plan for Port Welshpool waterfront over next 30 years, boost tourism and promote new business
- Funding provided through $1 billion Regional Growth Fund
The Victorian Coalition Government is investing $90,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to create a master plan for the Port Welshpool waterfront, Deputy Premier and Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan, announced today.
Mr Ryan said the Port Welshpool Marine Precinct Master Plan would include the design of wharf, marine and onshore facilities, to deliver a coordinated 30-year approach for future development.
“Port Welshpool is a scenic coastal town in South Gippsland, popular with beachgoers from across Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.
“The port itself is home to the historic Long Jetty, a marine passenger terminal, the Port Welshpool Coast Guard, and important infrastructure for trailer boats.
“This project will develop a whole-of-port master plan, taking into consideration the needs of community, industrial and commercial users.
“It will guide the development and safe use of the port over the next 30 years.”
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said the plan would include proposals for the redevelopment of Long Jetty, which is currently closed to public use, and the construction of a forty berth marina.
“This proposed development could provide a major economic boost to the town and have significant flow-on effects, such as encouraging new businesses to open,” Mr O’Brien said.
Mr O’Brien said Coalition Government funding towards the $120,000 Port Welshpool Marine Precinct Master Plan would be provided through the Regional Growth Fund to South Gippsland Shire Council, which would contribute the remaining $30,000.
“This project is one of many examples of how the Coalition Government is investing in community infrastructure in its coastal communities,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Regional Growth Fund invests in community-led projects to drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria.
Since it was established in 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has supported more than 1,600 projects generating over $1.8 billion of total investment.
“In South Gippsland Shire, the Regional Growth Fund has provided $13.7 million to 37 projects, leveraging $60 million in total investment.
Mr O’Brien said the Port Welshpool Marine Precinct Master Plan would be completed by December 2015.
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