The Andrews Labor Government is funding two projects that protect and enhance the natural beauty of the foreshore in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale while supporting local jobs and boosting the local visitor economy.
Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced $2.69 million for the ‘Destination Queenscliff’ project and $500,000 for the ‘Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve – Stage 1’ project.
Ms Neville said “the Destination Queenscliff” project will deliver a visitor hub, viewing platform and landscape improvements at the Queenscliff Lighthouse Reserve, while also protecting the area’s rich natural and heritage assets including Shortland’s Bluff.
Ms Neville said the “Borough of Queenscliffe’s original proposal included a funding request for four eco cabins to be built at Shortland’s Bluff.
However this proposal was not acceptable to the local community and after my advocacy to the Minister for Regional Development we have approved the full funding of Destination Queenscliff subject to the eco cabins not being built on Shortland’s bluff, but at a more appropriate location.”
“We will work with the council and the community to ensure that any cabins are constructed in an appropriate way and place. And I understand the Commonwealth Government funding for six cabins will also be altered to reflect this outcome and the community wishes”, Ms Neville added.
It will activate the surrounds of Fort Queenscliff with a new walking track, lighting and projection displays; and will deliver new and upgraded camping facilities at the Queenscliff Recreation Reserve and Tourist Park.
At Point Lonsdale, the foreshore reserve will be redeveloped to improve accessibility for people of all abilities while also protecting the area’s rich natural and heritage assets.
Unused and unsafe building will be demolished, interpretive signage will be installed, and new pathways will be built to improve accessibility.
The project will tidy up some parts of the foreshore that need extra care, including removal of weeds and landscaping. The end result will be a more attractive location that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors.
The project will support nine construction jobs and is estimated to support a total economic impact of over $2.1 million to the local economy.
Around 850,000 people travel through Queenscliff each year from the Sorrento ferry, and these enhanced tourist facilities will encourage more travellers to stay in town and support the local economy.
I have been pleased to have been a strong voice within the State Government on behalf of the local community to achieve these important investments in revegetation and protection works at both Point Lonsdale and Shortland’s Bluff and in doing so guaranteeing both areas will be well protected for the enjoyment and appreciation of future generations to come, Ms Neville concluded.