HISTORIC BOOST FOR CAMPING IN NORTHERN 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 northern 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.

Campers visiting unpowered sites at Lake Eildon and Mount Buffalo could saver over $25 a night and $15 per night in 23 different parks and reserves across Victoria, including Hattah-Kulkyne.

Labor will also invest $104 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, including Fraser campground at Lake Eildon, and upgrades to Greater Bendigo National Park.

We will also deliver new walking tracks, including Keppel Lookout Trail in Marysville, canoeing facilities, rock climbing experiences, and better toilets and shower blocks, for 46 million people who enjoy outdoor activities in Victoria each year.

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 routes, including Mallee Drive, River Red Gum Drive, Davies Plain and Wonnangatta Drive.

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

“Nothing beats a camping holiday – and we’re making it better than ever with upgrades to campsites, new walking trails and reducing camping fees.”

Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

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

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Every Victorian deserves to be able to get outdoors and enjoy the best camping, trekking and driving facilities and we’re doing exactly that.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

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

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Camping activities brings visitors to northern Victoria – it’s more customers for our shops, cafes and tourist attractions, and more local jobs.”