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Long Jetty fix a certainty

REGARDLESS of whether the Coalition or the Labor Government wins the Federal Election this Saturday, July 2 the Long Jetty funding is assured.

This follows a Labor Party promise to fund the restoration of the ailing Port Welshpool Long Jetty if elected, matching the recent $4.8 million pledge from the Coalition Government.

McMillan Labor candidate Chris Buckingham made the announcement to an enthusiastic Port Welshpool crowd yesterday (Monday).

“The reason the jetty got this funding is because we have got a contest in McMillan. My objective for the final week leading up to the election is to win the campaign,” he said.

“We need to make McMillan marginal again, so that both sides give due care and consideration to this electorate the next time around.”

Mr Buckingham said when he received the call from Canberra to support his call for funding; it was difficult to hold back his emotion.

He said to know the community will have the jetty rebuilt regardless of result is a “wonderful thing”.

“If elected, I look forward to working very closely with the South Gippsland Shire Council to get the job done,” he said.

“The restoration of the jetty is significant to the whole of Gippsland. This is a regional asset and will be a regional benefit. “To know people will come from further afield for a fish, or just a stroll fills me with happiness.”

Long time Long Jetty proponent Paul Macphail said the whole community was thankful to Labor and Mr Buckingham for committing to the project.

“I was most impressed with the news Mr Buckingham had gone out on his own and chased up funding for the project, it is huge news,” he said.

The detailed design work for the restoration process has been completed and council CEO Tim Tamlin said the project is just about shovel ready.

He said plans for the project can now be “kicked into gear”, as it has been rendered imminent by Labor’s announcement.

“The first thing we will have to do after the election is get the funding signed off. Council has $1 million to contribute, Gippsland Ports holds the $5 million from the State Government and council will hold the federal funding,” he said.

“We will have to have another quick look at the jetty to get the documents up to date to finalise the extent of the treatments needed, then it will be on with the show.”

Mr Buckingham said he is looking forward to seeing the jetty rebuilt.

Jetty wins: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin, councillor Kieran Kennedy, McMillan Labor candidate Chris Buckingham, and Port Welshpool Working Group members Cheryl and Vern Suckling were at Port Welshpool on Monday to learn the jetty will be funded by Labor if elected this weekend.

Jetty wins: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin, councillor Kieran Kennedy, McMillan Labor candidate Chris Buckingham, and Port Welshpool Working Group members Cheryl and Vern Suckling were at Port Welshpool on Monday to learn the jetty will be funded by Labor if elected this weekend.

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