JUNE 2020


Great boost for regional towns, says Minister

COVID shackles loosened as camping
and caravanning facilities receive boost

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Camping and caravan holiday hotspots across Victoria are set to be revitalised just as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease.

Caravanners and other RVers are already hitting the road in Victoria as the COVID-19 shackles are loosened, with camping and accommodation now permitted in some areas.

"Now more than ever we're appreciating the value of the great outdoors and it's great to see the return of an affordable and well-established holiday tradition in Victoria." Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio said.

Meanwhile, 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 Creswick Regional Park.

The government is also making available more than $2.5 million dollars in grants for 25 projects to enhance the visitor experience at campgrounds and caravan parks, providing a further boost as tourists return to regional areas.

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 money will be used to improve landscaping, increase site capacity and all abilities access, and establish indigenous culture signage and information.

A second round of grants worth $2 million will be brought forward next 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 Outdoors program.

"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," Ms D'Ambrosio said

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