WE DIDN’T get much when the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull flew into Gippsland last Thursday but a few crumbs did fall off the table at Rotary Centenary House in Traralgon.
While the focus was on the $220 million allocated to the trial hydrogen plant at Loy Yang and the $34.43 million Hydroponic Strawberry Glasshouse in Hazelwood, a couple of dollars did flutter into the hands of the South Gippsland Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt.
Although we’ve got to share it with the rest of Gippsland.
Cr Brunt was at the reception for the MP to accept funding for the Gippsland Trails and Tracks Feasibility Study.
The Federal Government provided $66,664 in funding towards the study through the Regional Jobs and Investment Package Local Infrastructure Grants Latrobe Valley Stream.
The Gippsland Trails and Tracks Feasibility Study will guide tracks and trails across the Gippsland region to support recreation and tourism.
The project will be designed to deliver a renewed avenue to attract visitors into the region and deliver an outstanding visitor experience.
South Gippsland Shire Council was simply the lead agency in making the application on behalf of the Gippsland Local Government Network, Destination Gippsland and Bicycle Victoria.
Council and its project partners all committed $8333 each in funding for the project and will provide in-kind resources to assist in the project design and delivery. South Gippsland Shire Mayor Councillor Lorraine Brunt was honoured to accept the funding from the Prime Minister.
“It was an absolute pleasure to represent South Gippsland on behalf of the project partners as we accepted funding from the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull for the Gippsland Trails and Tracks Feasibility Study.
“Gippsland’s visitor economy generates an estimated $2.8 billion through direct and indirect expenditure each year. It is our aim that this study will help build on the nature based tourism for the region, positioning us with a stronger economy for the future,” said the Mayor.
PM not interested in us
YOU could count the number of times on one hand that a sitting Prime Minister has been to this side of the Strzelecki Ranges.
And again last week, it was almost exclusively all about the Latrobe Valley and other places along Highway 1 when the PM visited with no word about South Gippsland and Bass Coast.
Baw Baw Shire Council, for example was delighted to have secured $800,000 through their Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) towards the cost of a new Early Learning Centre, to be co-located at the Warragul Primary School.
“Our Shire is experiencing unprecedented population growth,” said Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci
“There is an infux of young families moving to the shire and as birth rates continue to rise, so does the need for early year’s services”, he said.
In addition to the Early Learning Centre, other organisations to receive RJIP funding were:
• Alberton Timber and Treatment Plant – $500,000
• Drouin West Timber and Truss – $2 million
• Neerim District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital – $150,000