HISTORIC BOOST FOR CAMPING IN GIPPSLAND

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 Gippsland economy – 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 holidays, getaways with mates, and school camps much more affordable.

We will also 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.

Labor will establish the Bunurong Coastal Park – connecting the existing Bunurong Marine Park and Bunurong Coastal Reserve, Punchbowl Reserve and the Kilcunda-Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve – dotted along 40 kilometres of coastline between San Remo and Inverloch.

The $19.6 million plan will extend the George Bass Coastal Walk, making it possible to walk from San Remo to Inverloch and open the area up to campers for the first time.

Labor will also provide $1.5 million to undertake planning for an iconic hiking trail in East Gippsland – creating a world-class multi-day walk modelled on the success of the Grampians Peak Trail.

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.

Labor will improve the four-wheel drive tracks that are so popular with locals and tourists alike, with $10.5 million to upgrade Victoria’s seven iconic 4WD Adventures tourist including the Davies Plain Drive and Snowy River Drive. We will also upgrade the Backroad Tour Aberfeldy and Nunniong Plains Track.

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 Jaala Pulford

“There’s nothing more enjoyable than a camping holiday – and we’re making it cheaper and easier for families to enjoy the best Gippsland has to offer.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“This will cut the cost of camping and deliver better tracks, trails and facilities across Gippsland – encouraging more Victorians to get out and explore beautiful natural areas across Gippsland.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale

“So many members of the community have talked about our great natural environment, I’m so excited to see Labor commit to establishing the Bunurong Coastal Park.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Gippsland East Mark Reeves

“Only Labor is making sure local families have access to the best facilities – meaning they can holiday close to home – supporting local business and jobs.”