Clifton Springs locals and visitors now have improved access to the Dell Heritage Springs Site thanks to the construction of a new boardwalk made possible by the State Government’s Pick My Project initiative.
The State Government invested $200,000 in the boardwalk project which is designed to provide walking access around a difficult coastal pinch-point and preservation of the heritage site.
Duty Member for Bellarine, Gayle Tierney, representing Lisa Neville MP, welcomed the opening of the boardwalk.
The Dell at Clifton Springs was an operational mineral springs site more than 100 years ago. Heritage protected relicts of the Mineral Spa are now able to be viewed from the boardwalk.
The new structure has also been designed to protect the area, which was experiencing coastal erosion and deterioration due to walkers climbing over the site.
The boardwalk will also provide opportunities for interpretive signage that will inform visitors of the area’s significant cultural heritage.
Pick My Project is a Victorian Government first – a $30 million participatory budgeting initiative that puts decision making in the hands of Victorians.
More than 230 projects across Melbourne and regional Victoria received support through Pick My Project, with funding divided equally between Melbourne and regional Victoria based on the population of each of the six metropolitan and nine Regional Partnership areas.
The Dell Springs Boardwalk project is one of 22 successful projects from the Pick My Project initiative in the Barwon region. The region received almost $2.7 million in funding through the initiative, after a total of 14,724 votes were cast.
Other Bellarine initiatives that were funded under Pick My Project included Collendina Sports Ground Lighting, Queenscliff outdoor gym equipment and the construction of an ‘all abilities’ track through the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve.
Quotes attributable to Duty Member Gayle Tierney on behalf of Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville
“The Pick My Project initiative is delivering projects locals need and making a real difference in communities across the state, making them even better places to live, work and visit.”
“I’m thrilled this boardwalk is officially open for locals and visitors alike to explore this beautiful piece of coastline and the rich history of the former springs.”