Residents and visitors to Loch Sport will see the foreshore area be redeveloped through a $275,000 project delivered by Wellington Shire Council.
The State Government has allocated $175,000 towards the project from their Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, with Council contributing a further $100,000.
The project includes the redevelopment of the Lake Victoria foreshore and includes a number of projects along the foreshore from Charlies Street to Cliff Street.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said: “The foreshore is a key recreational and community gathering space in Loch Sport. The project will not only improve the livability for residents, but will provide added incentive for visitors to spend time in this beautiful part of Gippsland.”
The existing ‘Lions’ community BBQ shelter will be replaced with a modern shelter reflecting a more contemporary design that will be able to facilitate a number of significant community gatherings. Park furniture will be upgraded, new wayfinding signs installed, linking paths will be constructed, public art will be installed and revegetation will take place, as appropriate.
Wellington Shire Council Deputy Mayor Allan Hall says, “This is a fantastic win for the local community and combined with other soon to be implemented projects such as the Charlies Street boat ramp upgrade and reinstatement of the damaged foreshore shared path which is scheduled for commencement in June, will see a dramatic improvement to what is already a wonderful spot to live, visit and holiday in.”
Another significant financial component of the foreshore redevelopment is the major upgrade of the existing local play space to a regional play space. This will be bigger and better to cater to a broader audience and will serve as a significant additional attractor to Loch Sport Council officers will be working closely with the local community to develop this important play facility over the next six months.
The first project, construction of the new Lions shelter, is scheduled to commence around July/August with completion of the entire project within the next 12 months.