16 November 2018

HISTORIC BOOST FOR CAMPING IN EILDON’S GREAT OUTDOORS

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will put Eildon on the map, with a $4 million upgrade of the Fraser campground at Lake Eildon National Park.

Labor is making sure Victoria is the best place for exploring the great outdoors, with today’s announcement part of a bigger plan to build new campgrounds, upgrade facilities and tracks, and make family holidays more affordable across the state.

Labor candidate for Eildon Sally Brennan celebrated the announcement today, excited about the opportunities it will bring to the region.

“This is about getting people out and experiencing the bush, which shouldn’t be locked up. It’s for all of us to enjoy,” Ms Brennan said.

The Labor Government has already made it cheaper to get outdoors by removing camping fees at 500 basic sites over 70 campgrounds in 19 parks across regional Victoria – which the Liberals opposed.

Labor will now go even further, halving all remaining fees in State and National Parks, making family holidays, getaways with mates, and school camps much more affordable.

Labor will also invest $105.6 million to create more camping grounds, better four-wheel-drive-tracks, to give people more opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery that regional Victoria has to offer. Labor will also deliver new walking tracks, including Keppel Lookout Trail in Marysville.

As part of Labor’s investment, 30 existing campgrounds will be upgraded – and 30 will be built from scratch.

Fraser campground at Lake Eildon National Park is one of the first to be upgraded. It will benefit from a $4 million upgrade, with new facilities and a focus on outdoor education for young people.

Labor will also deliver new canoeing facilities, rock climbing experiences, and better toilets and shower blocks across the state, for millions of people who enjoy outdoor activities in Victoria each year.

Victoria is a unique destination for four-wheel-driving enthusiasts due to its diversity of landscapes, from rugged mountainous areas, to lush bushland and forests, and breathtaking coastal views.

Labor will improve the four-wheel drive tracks that are so popular with locals and tourists alike, with $10.5 million to upgrade Victoria’s seven iconic 4WD Adventures tourist routes.

In addition, Labor will ensure hard-working volunteers can keep caring for the land we love, with $11.6 million for grants to councils, Committees of Management of Crown Land and conservation groups to maintain and revegetate land for campsites.

Camping and hiking contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy, so local tourism industries stand to gain from today’s announcement. It comes hot on the heels of a huge boost from Labor for recreational fishing and boating.

“The outlook is good for jobs in the Mansfield, Murrindindi, Nillumbik and Yarra Ranges communities.”

“Our region is rich in natural beauty. Sharing that with people, boosting local businesses and creating jobs in the process, it’s a winning combination,” Ms Brennan said.

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