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Multi-million for bushfire recovery infrastructure projects is great news for East Gippsland

Funding announcements and grant received from council that would benefit the economy, as well as the community.

By news@gippsland - 31st May 2021 - Back to News

Today's announcement of a further $9 million for bushfire recovery infrastructure projects is great news for East Gippsland. Mayor Cr Mendy Urie said the support of 12 community projects across the shire under the Local Economic Recovery Program (Round 2) would give community recovery another important boost.

The benefits of these projects include employment , creating jobs, attracting visitors and helping key industries. and other advantages to the community that would help boost its economy

The benefits of these projects include employment , creating jobs, attracting visitors and helping key industries. and other advantages to the community that would help boost its economy

Recognising project values

Cr Urie said, "The announcement of the LER grants today is very welcome, and on behalf of all funding recipients I thank the Federal and State-funded program for recognising the value of the East Gippsland projects,"

"Amazingly, this brings funding announcement for infrastructure projects in East Gippsland over the past seven weeks to more than $45 million. In May alone, more than $38 million of funding for local projects has been announced. That's more than $1 million a day!"

Investing to benefit economy

The economic benefit of this investment will be substantial, both in the construction phase and then the longer-term benefits. During construction alone, the impact to the local economy of this investment, as a result of demand for goods and services, employment and supply chain increases, is estimated to be more than $102 million.

Council applied for one project - the Mallacoota Hall upgrade - in Round 2 of the LER program, administered by Bushfire Recovery Victoria. "We took the approach of applying for more projects in the first round of funding, knowing we had some important major projects that were shovel ready," Cr Urie said.

"This ensured a focus was placed on community-led projects in round two funding. We are delighted with the response to applications from across the shire and are so pleased for our communities who put projects forward."

Upgrade on the largest community facility

Council's Mallacoota Hall upgrade is a priority project identified by the Mallacoota And District Recovery Association."The hall is Mallacoota's largest community facility and is used for a wide variety of activities and functions, and was the town's primary refuge, relief and recovery facility in the 2019-20 bushfires," Cr Urie said.

"We will deliver this project and it will improve the day-to-day functionality of the hall. Work will include relocating the main entry to improve accessibility, the creation of additional spaces for storage and offices, and expansion of the existing kitchen."

Community-focused support

Cr Urie said Council officers had also been instrumental in many of the community-led funding applications. "These successful funding applications are the result of considerable work behind the scenes by all involved, including Council."

"We have played a key role in the application process for projects such as the Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve (funded all design work), East Gippsland Rail Trail (initiated an economic impact assessment), and of course wrote letters of support and advocated at every opportunity for all other projects."

"I would also like to congratulate the work of the Community Recovery Committees and other community groups in many of our towns where funding has been announced. It is the community-focussed work of these groups that has been instrumental in prioritising, supporting and ultimately being successful. Council will support the community in the delivery of these great projects, and the many more projects that we know will still need funding over time."

Projects, funding and grants

East Gippsland projects funded since April 2021 by Federal and State government, some of which Council also has committed to a financial contribution.

Local Economic Recovery Round 2 Grants Budget Allocation
Swift's Creek Recreation Reserve $1.92m
Mallacoota Golf Course $1.89m
East Gippsland Rail Trail $1.5m
Bruthen Recreation Reserve $1.07m
Mallacoota Hall $818,000
Mobile Play2Learn program $432,549
Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve $402,125
Orbost Cultural Walk $362,000
Marlo Community Hall $336,000
Mallacoota Pony Club $296,000
Goongerah Multi-purpose Facility $87,260
Buchan Canoe Launch $40,250

Other funding announcements

April/May funding Budget Allocation
Slip Road Paynesville $4m and $1m
WORLD Redevelopment Bairnsdale $5m
Orbost P-12 College $7.27m
Mallacoota streetscape $1.5m
Kalimna Lookout $1.5m
Mallacoota-Genoa Road upgrade $10m
Krautungalung Walk Lakes Entrance (stage 1) $2.2m
East Gippsland Rail Trail $2m
Forest Park Orbost $1.3m
Koala Discovery and Rehabilitation Raymond Island $500,000

"This funding directly impacts at least 12 towns - Mallacoota, Swifts Creek, Bruthen, Buchan, Orbost, Lakes Entrance, Paynesville, Bairnsdale, Marlo, Goongerah, Raymond Island, Nicholson and Nowa Nowa - and supports the activities of residents in all our communities and visitors to East Gippsland," Cr Urie said.

"You would be hard-pressed to find a time in our history when we have received such support for major infrastructure projects across such a range of our communities. These projects, many of which as community-led, will drive the recovery and prosperity of our region int the short, medium and long-term and for that we are very grateful to all funding bodies and agencies, government, local MPS, Ministers and the commitment of local communities."

Pictures from Australian Red Cross.


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