State government invests in national parks

PREMIER Denis Napthine has announced the state government will invest $13.35 million in Victoria’s world-class national parks.

Denis Napthine

Denis Napthine

Dr Napthine made the announcement during a visit to the Grampians on Saturday.

“Of the $13.35 million in funding, $3 million will help ensure visitor sites and environmental works at the Grampians are restored to their former glory after the recent devastating bushfires,” Dr Napthine said.

“The bushfire burnt several significant tourist sites that are important to the local economy and this funding will help draw tourists back to the Grampians National Park and surrounding areas.

“As well as the Grampians, the $13.35 million investment in national parks will help Victorians get even more enjoyment out of other iconic Victorian holiday destinations, including Wilsons Promontory, the Otways along the Great Ocean Road and the Dandenongs.

“This additional funding means more park assets such as walking tracks, boardwalks, roads, bridges and picnic tables will be upgraded.”

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said Victoria is extremely lucky to have these magnificent natural visitor hotspots on our doorstep.

“This announcement builds on the Coalition Government’s plans to help more Victorians get out and enjoy the great environmental assets we have in our state,” Mr Smith said.

“I am proud of this latest commitment, that will help preserve our landscapes and build better facilities at our most iconic visitor and tourist parks.

“The Coalition Government is committed to building a better Victoria by enabling Victoria's regional economies to unlock tourism opportunities, build regional and rural economies and drive jobs.”

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