SPENDING SPREE

The State Government is showering the Colac district with $6.8 million for environmental tourism, fire recovery and landslip prevention.

The State Government is showering the Colac district with $6.8 million for environmental tourism, fire recovery and landslip prevention.

The government yesterday announced $4.3 million for bushfire recovery work, as well as $2.5 million for tourism upgrades in the Great Otway National Park.

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio announced that Maits Rest, Melba Gully and the Cape Otway Lightstation would benefit from upgrades in 2019.

Maits Rest, a rainforest area that receives 150,000 visitors each year, will have an upgrade to its popular 800-metre boardwalk, as well as improvements to walking tracks, bridges, viewing platforms, the carpark and signs.

Melba Gully will have general improvement works, while the Cape Otway Lightstation will receive upgrades to its carpark and toilets.

“This investment supports one of the region’s great drawcards – the Great Otway National Park,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“The national park is one of the state’s most important – both in terms of its biodiversity, but also for many communities and local businesses.”

The government hopes the upgrades will encourage tourists to spend longer in the Otways.

Colac Otway Shire mayor Joe McCracken welcomed the tourism upgrades.

“Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the Great Otway National Park is a beautiful place to explore; improved infrastructure and facilities across different sites will attract more visitors to the region and encourage people to stay longer, creating a positive tourist experience and benefiting the local economy,” Cr McCracken said.

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