HISTORIC BOOST FOR CAMPING ACROSS WESTERN VICTORIA

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure Victoria is the best place for exploring the great outdoors, by building new campgrounds, upgrading facilities and tracks, and making family holidays more affordable.

Camping and hiking isn’t just a great way to spend time with family and friends and get outside, it contributes millions of dollars to the Western Victoria – and that means local jobs.

That’s why we’ve already made it cheaper by removing camping fees at 500 basic sites over 70 campgrounds in 19 parks in 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 in western Victoria.

It means campers will save over $25 per night at non-powered sites at Budj Bim (previously Mount Eccles), and more than $15 at campsites and parks at Discovery Bay and the Grampians.

Labor will invest $105.6 million to create more camping grounds, better four-wheel-drive-tracks and new walking trails, to give people more opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery that regional Victoria has to offer.

As part of our investment, 30 existing campgrounds will be upgraded – and 30 will be built from scratch. We will also deliver new walking tracks, rock climbing experiences, and better facilities for the 42 million participants in outdoor activities in Victoria each year.

That includes $2 million to upgrade the Glenelg River campground with new toilets, shower blocks, walking tracks, more campsites near the river and upgrades to the nearby Princess Margaret Rose Cave.

Labor will also provide $4.3 million to build and upgrade paths and hiking tracks, including the Great Dividing Trail and Stevenson Falls in the Otways.

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.

That’s why Labor will rejuvenate iconic 4WD drive Adventures tourist routes including Grampians Drive, Mallee Drive and the Otways Drive, as well as upgrading tracks for the Wombat Forest 4WD Tour and Mount Cole.

We will also make sure 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.

Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford

“Nothing beats a camping holiday – and we’re making it cheaper and easier for families to enjoy the best Western Victoria has to offer.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Ripon Sarah De Santis

“Whether it’s better 4WD tracks or cheaper camping in the Grampians – only Labor will encourage even more Victorians to hit the road and experience the great outdoors.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for South-West Coast Kylie Gaston

“This will cut the cost of camping at Budj Bim and other popular spots – attracting more visitors to our region and providing a boost for local jobs and businesses.”

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