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PORT WELSHPOOL WHARF REBUILD TO IMPROVE SAFETY

The Victorian Government is supporting local jobs and the economy by improving facilities in Port Welshpool with the rebuild of the loading and unloading section of Marginal Wharf to improve safety for all users. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said the rebuild works to improve the Port Welshpool Marginal Wharf deck are now underway to make the loading dock safer at this commercial fishing and tour operator location. Works to improve the condition of the wharf include replacing a section of deck beams and planks as well as piles that support the wharf. On-site work is underway to replace a section of the wharf which has deteriorated with age, exposure to a marine environment and usage. The loading and unloading section of the wharf will be closed during the works. Alternative arrangements have been made with the commercial fisherman impacted by the works. The work is scheduled to be complete by September 2021. The pier rebuild will be delivered under a $3.2 million Pier and Jetty Maintenance package that has already seen the construction of a brand new all-abilities jetty at Tooradin and will also include improvements at Portland and Rye, funded under the $2.7 billion economic stimulus Building Works initiative. Other works funded under the initiative include a $9.6 million upgrade at Portarlington Pier, and repairs to Middle Brighton Pier and the Queenscliff South Pier lifeboat shed. More information on these projects can be found at transport.vic.gov.au/our-transport-future/ourprojects/upgrading-piers-and-jetties Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Port Welshpool is at the heart of South Gippsland’s foreshore. This critical rebuild will improve the marginal wharf and support the commercial fishing industry and tour operators in the region.” “We are committed to investing in regional communities while we continue to work to address the longer-term impacts of Coronavirus on our state.”

PORT WELSHPOOL WHARF REBUILD TO IMPROVE SAFETY

The Victorian Government is supporting local jobs and the economy by improving facilities in Port Welshpool with the rebuild of the loading and unloading section of Marginal Wharf to improve safety for all users. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said the rebuild works to improve the Port Welshpool Marginal Wharf deck are now underway to make the loading dock safer at this commercial fishing and tour operator location. Works to improve the condition of the wharf include replacing a section of deck beams and planks as well as piles that support the wharf. On-site work is underway to replace a section of the wharf which has deteriorated with age, exposure to a marine environment and usage. The loading and unloading section of the wharf will be closed during the works. Alternative arrangements have been made with the commercial fisherman impacted by the works. The work is scheduled to be complete by September 2021. The pier rebuild will be delivered under a $3.2 million Pier and Jetty Maintenance package that has already seen the construction of a brand new all-abilities jetty at Tooradin and will also include improvements at Portland and Rye, funded under the $2.7 billion economic stimulus Building Works initiative. Other works funded under the initiative include a $9.6 million upgrade at Portarlington Pier, and repairs to Middle Brighton Pier and the Queenscliff South Pier lifeboat shed. More information on these projects can be found at transport.vic.gov.au/our-transport-future/ourprojects/upgrading-piers-and-jetties Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Port Welshpool is at the heart of South Gippsland’s foreshore. This critical rebuild will improve the marginal wharf and support the commercial fishing industry and tour operators in the region.” “We are committed to investing in regional communities while we continue to work to address the longer-term impacts of Coronavirus on our state.”

WORK STARTS ON WESTERN PORT SECONDARY COLLEGE UPGRADE

Students at Western Port Secondary College are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced that ARM Architecture has been appointed to design the school’s $11.56 million upgrade. The upgrade will see the modernisation of school, working with school leaders to ensure this work helps achieve their educational goals and that improvements targeted where it is needed most. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Victorian Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Western Port families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

WORK STARTS ON WESTERN PORT SECONDARY COLLEGE UPGRADE

Students at Western Port Secondary College are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced that ARM Architecture has been appointed to design the school’s $11.56 million upgrade. The upgrade will see the modernisation of school, working with school leaders to ensure this work helps achieve their educational goals and that improvements targeted where it is needed most. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Victorian Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Western Port families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

NEW OUTDOOR SENSORY AREA FOR TYABB STUDENTS

Works have begun on a new outdoor sensory area as part of a $200,000 upgrade to make Tyabb Railway Station Primary School more inclusive. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today welcomed the start construction made possible by funding through the Inclusive Schools Fund. The Inclusive Schools Fund builds on the unprecedented investment of nearly $1.6 billion in the state budget to support students with a disability or additional needs and is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to inclusive education. An additional $20 million was announced in the 2020-21 State Budget as part of the Victorian Government’s $60 million Inclusive Schools Fund. Since its inception in 2015, the Fund has supported 234 creative projects to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds have been announced. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. The Victorian Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “This new space will make a real difference to students at Tyabb Railway Station Primary School, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.” “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

NEW OUTDOOR SENSORY AREA FOR TYABB STUDENTS

Works have begun on a new outdoor sensory area as part of a $200,000 upgrade to make Tyabb Railway Station Primary School more inclusive. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today welcomed the start construction made possible by funding through the Inclusive Schools Fund. The Inclusive Schools Fund builds on the unprecedented investment of nearly $1.6 billion in the state budget to support students with a disability or additional needs and is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to inclusive education. An additional $20 million was announced in the 2020-21 State Budget as part of the Victorian Government’s $60 million Inclusive Schools Fund. Since its inception in 2015, the Fund has supported 234 creative projects to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds have been announced. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools. The Victorian Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “This new space will make a real difference to students at Tyabb Railway Station Primary School, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.” “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

NEW PROJECTS BOOST VICTORIAN TOURISM INDUSTRY AND JOBS

The enviable tourism offering of the Gippsland has been given a further boost, with the Victorian Government committing $1.97 million towards two projects in Gippsland, at Gabo Island and Foster. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today welcomed funding for these exciting projects as part of the $46 million Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round aimed at delivering a charge to the visitor economy while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic. $1.5 million has been provided for the Gabo Island Light House Accommodation Upgrade. This project will involve the refurbishment of accommodation and visitor facilities to create a unique wildlife viewing experience and potential for a Victorian lighthouse accommodation trail. $470,000 has been provided for the Gurneys "The Arches" Experience, Foster. As the world's largest underground cider cellar, this project will allow Gurneys Cider in Foster to increase annual product production, which will have significant positive flow on effects on broader tourism including attracting an additional 25,000 visitors to the region per year. The Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round will support the development of 30 projects across the state. It forms part of the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package and delivers the first infrastructure outcome of the program after the resounding success of the Melbourne and regional travel voucher schemes. To see a complete list of projects supported by the fund’s stimulus round, visit djpr.vic.gov.au/significantprojects/regional-tourism-investment-fund. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “Our A-grade tourism offering will go to the next level with these exciting works.” “The government is well aware of the impacts of coronavirus on the tourism sector – that’s why we are investing to ensure it continues to rebound.” “These works will provide crucial jobs in construction while bolstering our region’s tourism appeal and bolstering jobs into the future.

NEW PROJECTS BOOST VICTORIAN TOURISM INDUSTRY AND JOBS

The enviable tourism offering of the Gippsland has been given a further boost, with the Victorian Government committing $1.97 million towards two projects in Gippsland, at Gabo Island and Foster. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today welcomed funding for these exciting projects as part of the $46 million Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round aimed at delivering a charge to the visitor economy while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic. $1.5 million has been provided for the Gabo Island Light House Accommodation Upgrade. This project will involve the refurbishment of accommodation and visitor facilities to create a unique wildlife viewing experience and potential for a Victorian lighthouse accommodation trail. $470,000 has been provided for the Gurneys "The Arches" Experience, Foster. As the world's largest underground cider cellar, this project will allow Gurneys Cider in Foster to increase annual product production, which will have significant positive flow on effects on broader tourism including attracting an additional 25,000 visitors to the region per year. The Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round will support the development of 30 projects across the state. It forms part of the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package and delivers the first infrastructure outcome of the program after the resounding success of the Melbourne and regional travel voucher schemes. To see a complete list of projects supported by the fund’s stimulus round, visit djpr.vic.gov.au/significantprojects/regional-tourism-investment-fund. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “Our A-grade tourism offering will go to the next level with these exciting works.” “The government is well aware of the impacts of coronavirus on the tourism sector – that’s why we are investing to ensure it continues to rebound.” “These works will provide crucial jobs in construction while bolstering our region’s tourism appeal and bolstering jobs into the future.

 

MAJOR BOOST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN EASTERN VICTORIA

The Victorian Government has invested $1,531,944 in emergency services in Eastern Victoria to provide essential operational equipment, vehicles, appliances and minor facility improvements for local volunteers. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced local Country Fire Authority (CFA), Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES), Life Saving Victoria (LSV) and Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) units would receive additional funding to help protect their local community. The investment is part of the Government’s 2020-21 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) which is providing more than $14 million to 240 grant recipients across Victoria. The annual grants program gives volunteer emergency service groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms. The Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution. For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website – emv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson “We’re ensuring our emergency service volunteers are well resourced with the essential equipment they need to carry out their critical work.” “Emergency service volunteers make selfless and brave contributions to local communities and the broader Victorian community – and the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program supports their ongoing dedication to keeping Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “These important projects will give our hardworking CFA, VICSES, LSV and MSAR volunteers the equipment and amenities needed to effectively carry out their duties.” “I’d like to thank all of our volunteer groups for their hard work and congratulate the successful applicants in the 2019-20 round of VESEP grants.” See link for a list of recipients. 

MAJOR BOOST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN EASTERN VICTORIA

The Victorian Government has invested $1,531,944 in emergency services in Eastern Victoria to provide essential operational equipment, vehicles, appliances and minor facility improvements for local volunteers. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced local Country Fire Authority (CFA), Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES), Life Saving Victoria (LSV) and Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) units would receive additional funding to help protect their local community. The investment is part of the Government’s 2020-21 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) which is providing more than $14 million to 240 grant recipients across Victoria. The annual grants program gives volunteer emergency service groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms. The Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution. For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website – emv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson “We’re ensuring our emergency service volunteers are well resourced with the essential equipment they need to carry out their critical work.” “Emergency service volunteers make selfless and brave contributions to local communities and the broader Victorian community – and the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program supports their ongoing dedication to keeping Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “These important projects will give our hardworking CFA, VICSES, LSV and MSAR volunteers the equipment and amenities needed to effectively carry out their duties.” “I’d like to thank all of our volunteer groups for their hard work and congratulate the successful applicants in the 2019-20 round of VESEP grants.” See link for a list of recipients. 

DUSKY FLATHEAD STOCKING HELPS BRING BACK THE LAKES

The Gippsland Lakes are another step closer to being back to a recreational fishing mecca with a Victorian-first stocking of 42,000 dusky flathead fingerlings at Metung and Lakes Entrance this week. Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne said stocking the Lakes with popular species such as dusky flathead was a key part of the Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishery Plan, launched in January. The Plan was developed following the end of commercial net fishing in the Lakes last year, which was a flagship commitment of the Andrews Labor Government’s investment to get more people recreational fishing, more often in more places. The three-year trial dusky flathead stocking program run by the Victorian Fisheries Authority is a result of input from local fishing groups and key stakeholders, aimed at boosting populations of an icon species in Victoria’s eastern estuaries including Bemm River which was also stocked for the first time with 5,000 dusky flathead. In January, dusky flathead broodfish were captured at Mallacoota with help from volunteers including the Mallacoota and District Angling Club. As part of the collection process, DNA samples from across East Gippsland were gathered to map the genetic structure of dusky flathead stocks along the east coast. The broodfish were then transported to a marine hatchery where they spawned. The larvae have grown to fingerlings size in the months since and are now ready for release into the wild. A record 8 million fish will be stocked by April this year, with 10 million to be released in 2022. Some of these fish were Australian bass and estuary perch, released into tributaries of the Gippsland Lakes in December. Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “This Victorian-first trial to stock dusky flathead into the Gippsland Lakes is a big step towards returning the Lakes to their former glory for recreational fishers.” “We know recreational fishing contributes significantly to the local economy, so having better fisheries for key species like dusky flathead, will mean more money flowing into Gippsland businesses that depend on tourism.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This is another step towards revitalising our Gippsland Lakes which are an iconic destination for fishers around the State and will also provide an economic boost to the entire region.”

DUSKY FLATHEAD STOCKING HELPS BRING BACK THE LAKES

The Gippsland Lakes are another step closer to being back to a recreational fishing mecca with a Victorian-first stocking of 42,000 dusky flathead fingerlings at Metung and Lakes Entrance this week. Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne said stocking the Lakes with popular species such as dusky flathead was a key part of the Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishery Plan, launched in January. The Plan was developed following the end of commercial net fishing in the Lakes last year, which was a flagship commitment of the Andrews Labor Government’s investment to get more people recreational fishing, more often in more places. The three-year trial dusky flathead stocking program run by the Victorian Fisheries Authority is a result of input from local fishing groups and key stakeholders, aimed at boosting populations of an icon species in Victoria’s eastern estuaries including Bemm River which was also stocked for the first time with 5,000 dusky flathead. In January, dusky flathead broodfish were captured at Mallacoota with help from volunteers including the Mallacoota and District Angling Club. As part of the collection process, DNA samples from across East Gippsland were gathered to map the genetic structure of dusky flathead stocks along the east coast. The broodfish were then transported to a marine hatchery where they spawned. The larvae have grown to fingerlings size in the months since and are now ready for release into the wild. A record 8 million fish will be stocked by April this year, with 10 million to be released in 2022. Some of these fish were Australian bass and estuary perch, released into tributaries of the Gippsland Lakes in December. Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne “This Victorian-first trial to stock dusky flathead into the Gippsland Lakes is a big step towards returning the Lakes to their former glory for recreational fishers.” “We know recreational fishing contributes significantly to the local economy, so having better fisheries for key species like dusky flathead, will mean more money flowing into Gippsland businesses that depend on tourism.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This is another step towards revitalising our Gippsland Lakes which are an iconic destination for fishers around the State and will also provide an economic boost to the entire region.”

MAKING GIPPSLAND SCHOOLS ENERGY EFFICIENT

Gippsland government schools are set to become greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing their electricity costs, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett announced schools in Gippsland - • Lakes Entrance Primary School • Stratford Primary School • Tambo Upper Primary School • Foster Secondary College, and • South Gippsland Specialist School are among 171 government schools across Victoria that will receive solar power systems under the Greener Government School Buildings program. The $8.8 million program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and save them money by installing solar power systems. The program will contribute to the Victorian Government’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050. A solar power system is a strategic investment that can pay for itself over several years. This program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from pursuing this option. The Greener Government School Buildings program is established from the success of the pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019. The solar power systems installed as part of the 2020-21 Greener Government School Buildings program are expected to see 6,974 kW of solar installed, with an estimated saving of $1.8 million per year and 10,200 tonnes of carbon emissions abated. By June 2022, in total the program is expected to see 8,200 kW of solar installed, with an estimated saving of $2 million per year and 11,500 tonnes of carbon emissions abated. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs. The Government is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to make these schools more sustainable and more energy efficient, so we can all do our bit for the environment.” “Not only will the environment benefit from this program, installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.” Quote attributable to the Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This is a project that will make a big difference for our schools. It will cut emissions while at the same time cutting costs and that is good news for everyone.”

MAKING GIPPSLAND SCHOOLS ENERGY EFFICIENT

Gippsland government schools are set to become greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing their electricity costs, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett announced schools in Gippsland - • Lakes Entrance Primary School • Stratford Primary School • Tambo Upper Primary School • Foster Secondary College, and • South Gippsland Specialist School are among 171 government schools across Victoria that will receive solar power systems under the Greener Government School Buildings program. The $8.8 million program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and save them money by installing solar power systems. The program will contribute to the Victorian Government’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050. A solar power system is a strategic investment that can pay for itself over several years. This program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from pursuing this option. The Greener Government School Buildings program is established from the success of the pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019. The solar power systems installed as part of the 2020-21 Greener Government School Buildings program are expected to see 6,974 kW of solar installed, with an estimated saving of $1.8 million per year and 10,200 tonnes of carbon emissions abated. By June 2022, in total the program is expected to see 8,200 kW of solar installed, with an estimated saving of $2 million per year and 11,500 tonnes of carbon emissions abated. In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs. The Government is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to make these schools more sustainable and more energy efficient, so we can all do our bit for the environment.” “Not only will the environment benefit from this program, installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.” Quote attributable to the Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This is a project that will make a big difference for our schools. It will cut emissions while at the same time cutting costs and that is good news for everyone.”

FISH CREEK-FOSTER ROAD UPGRADE UNDERWAY

A $1 million upgrade of Fish Creek-Foster Road will deliver safer and more reliable journeys for drivers as part of the Victorian Government’s road maintenance blitz. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said works to rebuild more than 1.5 kilometres of the road have started near Fish Creek, delivering a more durable road for the 1,100 vehicles which use it each day, including trucks involved in the local dairy and agricultural industries. Around 282 kilometres of Gippsland’s arterial roads will be upgraded as part of this season’s maintenance blitz, including Boolarra-Churchill Road, the Princes Highway, the Monaro Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road. The extensive work in Gippsland is thanks to the Government’s two-year, $425 million investment into rebuilding and resurfacing regional roads across the state. Victoria’s roads will continue to be improved next year as well, following $411 million of new funding in the Victorian Budget 2020-21 to resurface, rebuild and maintain 1,700 kilometres of roads. Work on the Fish Creek-Foster road upgrade is expected to be complete in early April. To learn more about road improvement works taking place as part of the state’s maintenance blitz, head to regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “By improving key South Gippsland roads like Fish Creek-Foster Road we’re connecting communities and supporting farmers who use the road.” “We’re delivering more than $90 million worth of improvements on Gippsland’s roads as part of our massive road maintenance blitz, meaning safer journeys for drivers and supporting jobs on the ground.”

FISH CREEK-FOSTER ROAD UPGRADE UNDERWAY

A $1 million upgrade of Fish Creek-Foster Road will deliver safer and more reliable journeys for drivers as part of the Victorian Government’s road maintenance blitz. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said works to rebuild more than 1.5 kilometres of the road have started near Fish Creek, delivering a more durable road for the 1,100 vehicles which use it each day, including trucks involved in the local dairy and agricultural industries. Around 282 kilometres of Gippsland’s arterial roads will be upgraded as part of this season’s maintenance blitz, including Boolarra-Churchill Road, the Princes Highway, the Monaro Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road. The extensive work in Gippsland is thanks to the Government’s two-year, $425 million investment into rebuilding and resurfacing regional roads across the state. Victoria’s roads will continue to be improved next year as well, following $411 million of new funding in the Victorian Budget 2020-21 to resurface, rebuild and maintain 1,700 kilometres of roads. Work on the Fish Creek-Foster road upgrade is expected to be complete in early April. To learn more about road improvement works taking place as part of the state’s maintenance blitz, head to regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “By improving key South Gippsland roads like Fish Creek-Foster Road we’re connecting communities and supporting farmers who use the road.” “We’re delivering more than $90 million worth of improvements on Gippsland’s roads as part of our massive road maintenance blitz, meaning safer journeys for drivers and supporting jobs on the ground.”