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Bullock Island redevelopment is pivotal in Lakes Entrance major transformation and major success says Darren Chester

Local MP Darren Chester emphasises Bullock Island's redevelopment as pivotal in Lakes Entrance major transformation, citing improved amenities and tourism appeal, enabled by multi-level government funding and community collaboration.

By news@gippsland - 22nd February 2024 - Back to News

The redevelopment of Bullock Island is a critical part of the biggest transformation the Lakes Entrance township has seen in the past 50 years, according to local MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester said the finalisation of the boardwalk around Bullock Island would provide an outstanding outdoor exercise opportunity for locals and visitors. "Locals have been talking about the need to upgrade Bullock Island for more than 20 years and it's great to see the project coming together with local contractors undertaking the work," Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the new all abilities accessible boardwalk on Bullock Island is nearing completion

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the new all abilities accessible boardwalk on Bullock Island is nearing completion

Tourism boost success

Mr Chester said, "So far, we've installed a new bridge, pedestrian pathways, sealed roads and car parking, a toilet block, artwork and picnic facilities. This week, a crew from Whelan's Group Investments were on site completing the boardwalk section which will link to the work we've already done to upgrade The Esplanade."

"At the same time, LEFCOL new 'Off the Wharf' seafood restaurant/cafe has been a tourism hit and I'm looking forward to seeing more locals and visitors enjoy this spectacular location on the shores of our beautiful Gippsland Lakes," he said.

Mr Chester said a combination of funding from all levels of government had made the work possible, including the $5 million he secured from the previous Federal Minister. "As the former Minister for Transport, I was able to get the transformation started in 2017 with money for the redevelopment of The Esplanade and we have built on that success in recent years with more than $20 million funding for local projects," he said.

Town improvements progress

Mr Chester added, "Our town is looking magnificent and it's the envy of many other coastal towns around Australia. The Federal Government funding has helped to leverage contributions from other levels of government and we are about to enjoy the completion of upgrades at Bullock Island, the Old Slipway, Apex Park at Jemmy's Point and tracks linking Kalimna to town."

"There's always more to be done and we now have $5.8 million for the Krauatunganlung Walk project plus funding for the design of the new indoor sports stadium. I'm determined to keep working in partnership with the local community to identify priority projects and seek funding opportunities as we make Lakes Entrance an even better place to live, work and visit," Mr Chester concluded.

Pictures from Darren Chester MP website.


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