September 16, 2016

GOVERNMENT PROJECTS BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO OUR REGIONS

A number of local infrastructure projects in Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff opened today will benefit local communities, making regional Victoria an even better place to live, work and visit.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville, alongside Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson and Cr Helene Cameron, Mayor of Queenscliffe, opened Stage 3 of the Point Lonsdale Foreshore Revitalisation project, unveiling a new barbecue and picnic facilities, park furniture and an accessible amenities block.

Minister Neville toured the upgrades, which are ideally situated for community events and will help drive visitation to the area.

The Point Lonsdale Foreshore Revitalisation project has attracted $1.5 million in Victorian Government investment (past and present) over the three project stages. Stage 3 of the revitalisation project received $300,000 from Regional Development Victoria with a further $80,000 from Sport and Recreation Victoria towards upcoming improvements to the playground area.

Minister Neville also officially opened the upgraded Queenscliff Heritage Railway Station Precinct.

The project has made significant improvements to one of Queenscliff’s most treasured tourist attractions, including platform extensions and fencing, as well as the installation of a locomotive turntable and new barbecue and picnic facilities.

The senior citizens and sea scouts facilities have also been enhanced and are now better integrated into the entire precinct.

Unique tourism attractions like the Queenscliff Heritage Railway Station Precinct play a critical role in driving economic growth in regional areas with a recent review finding that visitors to the Heritage Railway injected $7.85 million into the local economy every year.

The Victorian Government is investing in regional tourism infrastructure, with the visitor economy vital to creating local jobs and adding $11.4 billion to the regional economy every year.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water and Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville:

“Unique attractions like the Queenscliff Heritage Railway Station and Point Lonsdale Foreshore are critical to boosting the regional economy by attracting visitors and encouraging them to discover and explore the wonders of regional Victoria.”

“The picturesque Point Lonsdale foreshore is just one of the Barwon region’s many magical tourism experiences. It’s the perfect day-trip destination for families looking to enjoy Victoria’s spectacular coastal beauty.”

Quotes attributable to the Mayor of the Borough of Queenscliff, Cr Helene Cameron

“Council is grateful for the state government’s financial support to deliver the Queenscliff Heritage Railway Station Precinct project and for its confidence in the Queenscliff region, recognising the needs of our local economy and local community groups.”

Quotes attributable to the President of the Bellarine Railway, Mr David Price: 

“The Bellarine Railway would like to thank the State Government for the funding provided through Regional Development Victoria for the Queenscliff Heritage Railway Station Precinct Upgrade project.”