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Image (supplied) - Cr Jamie Vogels, Jon McLeod, Jannique Hanegraaf, Julie Brazier, Aaron Snibson, Cr Jo Beard, Cr Kate Makin, Mayor Ruth Gstrein and Cr Geraldine Conheady on Port Campbell foreshore.

Council Welcomes Funds

Council Welcomes Funds

Image (supplied) - Cr Jamie Vogels, Jon McLeod, Jannique Hanegraaf, Julie Brazier, Aaron Snibson, Cr Jo Beard, Cr Kate Makin, Mayor Ruth Gstrein and Cr Geraldine Conheady on Port Campbell foreshore.

FUNDING PUZZLE COMPLETE FOR PORT CAMPBELL

Port Campbell is set to undergo a major revitalisation after the Federal Government announced $5.6 million funding towards the project.

Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan announced the funding from the Building Better Regions Fund on Friday.

Combined with a $6 million commitment from the State Government and Council’s contribution, the project will be Corangamite Shire’s largest ever infrastructure project.

The project will enhance the amenity of the town, better disperse visitors, improve access, visitor experience and encourage longer stays.

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Benefits will include improved traffic flow and safety, greater recognition of the environmental and character value of the town, accessible paths and infrastructure, opportunities for new retail/hospitality businesses, better outdoor public spaces, and improved liveability.

Mayor Ruth Gstrein said she was thrilled about the announcement and thanked the Federal Government for its support.

“This major project has been Council’s top priority for a few years and to see it all coming together is terrific,” Mayor Gstrein said.

“There has been a lot of work with the community to ensure we get it right and this announcement is the final piece of the puzzle. We are good to go.”

Coastal Ward Councillor Jamie Vogels said the project would be rolled out in stages.

“We are really mindful that Port Campbell businesses have been impacted by the pandemic and are looking forward to a busy, undisrupted summer,” Cr Vogels said.

“The works will be staged around busy periods to ensure as minimal disruption as possible.”

“It is going to be a journey and we have made a commitment to talk to residents and businesses every step of the way,” Cr Vogels said.

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