STATE GOVERNMMENT WITHDRAWS FUNDING FOR DESTINATION QUEENSCLIFF

Today the Andrews Government have informed the Borough of Queenscliffe that we will be withdrawing our contribution to the Destination Queenscliff project.

The Andrews Government had contributed $2.7 million. Over the last few months it has been clear that the community is divided on this project and they have major concerns about both the design and impact of the project.

In addition, the community have expressed strong reservations about the limited consultation and information provided to them to support this project.

The local member, Lisa Neville, has met with, discussed the issues with many community members and traders, and has recommended we do not proceed with this project.

The government is not in the business of supporting projects that divide communities.

Because of the strong views of the community, we have determined this project is not one that is appropriate to continue with.

(The Federal Government’s contribution of $3.5 million to the Destination Queenscliff project remains.)

We are announcing that the remaining money – $2.4 million – will be made available to support the development of the Queenscliff Community Hub.

This project, in Hesse Street, is to rebuild the historical society and improve the library and community facilities. It will also assist in rejuvenating the main street.

On top of this commitment the Government is also providing $450 000 from the Living Libraries fund making $2.850 million available now to commence work on this important community project.

To ensure this project meets the needs of the local community and historical society the State Government will chair a community reference group and take the lead on ensuring that appropriate community consultation is undertaken.

In addition we are today announcing a grant of $50 000 to the traders groups in Queenscliff and Pt Lonsdale. This grant is to enable the local traders to develop strategies and iniatives to drive visitation and improve yield from visitors to the town.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“This decision has come from listening to the community and ensuring that the projects we fund do not divide people.

 Unfortunately, a large portion of the residents and the traders in Queenscliff have serious reservations about this project and believe it would have a negative impact on their community.

 We will now work with the Borough of Queencliffe to deliver a local community project that will deliver improved facilities for the much loved historical society and library. We will make sure that this project is delivered in partnership with the community and that local residents have a real input into the project. “

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