'Appreciating the value of the great
injects more than $20m into revitalising Victoria's outdoor facilities
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CAMPING and caravan holiday hotspots and
other recreational facilities across Victoria are set to be revitalised.
The State Government has allocated $18.9 million to maintain and upgrade
public visitor sites and infrastructure including recreation reserves,
camping spots and picnic facilities.
This includes improvements at Lightwood Creek, Mornington Peninsula
National Park, Grants Picnic Area at Dandenong Ranges National Park,
Greater Otway National Park's Herbert campground, The Gums site at
Kinglake National Park, Longridge Campground in Manningham and Slaty Creek
camping in the Creswick Regional Park.
The government is also making more than $2.5 million in grants
available for 25 projects to enhance the visitor experience at campgrounds
and caravan parks providing a further boost as tourists return to regional
Public land managers responsible for campgrounds and caravan parks have
been awarded grants of up to $200,000 at locations in the Loddon Mallee,
Barwon South West, Grampians, Hume and Gippsland regions.
The grants will be used to improve landscaping, increase site capacity and
all abilities access, and establish indigenous culture signage and
A second round of grants worth $2 million will be brought forward this
month to provide further economic stimulus.
The funding is part of the government's Building Works package providing
$2.7 billion towards shovel-ready projects and the $107.2 million Great
Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said
people were appreciating the value of the great outdoors and taking
affordable and well-established holidays in Victoria.
"This is a great boost for our regional towns when they need it most and
will mean Victorians can enjoy improved facilities as they begin to return
to their favourite destinations," she said.
"It's great to see the return of camping – it's all about getting out into
nature and exploring our wonderful parks and natural environment."
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