Constituency Questions No 1140
59 Parliament First Session
Asked: 29 April 2021


MS BATH — To ask the Minister for Local Government (for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change): My constituency question is for Minister D’Ambrosio, and it relates to Parks Victoria’s responsibility for infrastructure. The fires devastated East Gippsland 16 months ago, creating in their devastation the loss of boardwalks, jetties, trails and infrastructure related to tourism. My constituent is an integral part of the East Gippsland tourism association. To date there are three specific areas of concern to my constituent: the infrastructure at Mallacoota, the Cape Conran coastal boardwalk and the Wingan Inlet boardwalk. My constituent wishes to know: will the minister commit that Parks Vic will have completed those infrastructure upgrades by the September school holidays so that tourism can return to normal in East Gippsland?
Answered: 13 May 2021

Ms D’AMBROSIO (Mill Park—Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes):

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $18.5 million in the Gippsland Tourism Recovery Package as part of 2020–21 State Budget to support communities and businesses recover from the 2019–20 bushfires. This includes funding for Cape Conran, Mallacoota, Point Hicks and the Raymond Island Koala Trail.

Parks Victoria is working closely with the Mallacoota and District Recovery Association on the $2.8 million project to upgrade jetties and other infrastructure at Mallacoota. Parks Victoria has advised that works are scheduled for completion prior to September 2021.

The East Cape Boardwalk at Cape Conran intersects sites of cultural heritage significance to Aboriginal people. Archaeological records of the site need to be updated so that permits can be processed under the  Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. Parks Victoria is working closely with Aboriginal Victoria to complete this process, so that construction can commence.

Parks Victoria has advised that construction of the Wingan Inlet boardwalk is scheduled for completion in August 2021.