Jetty ‘needs government funding’

Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien wants the state government to fund the replacement of the McLoughlins Beach jetty.

STATE government funding is needed to replace the McLoughlins Beach Jetty before it is too late.
That’s the view of Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, who has raised the need for funding in state parliament.
Mr O’Brien asked the Ports Minister Melissa Horne, who is also Fishing and Boating Minister, to provide funding to Gippsland Ports to replace the jetty.
“This issue has been dragging on for years, much to the frustration of McLoughlins Beach residents and visitors alike,” he said.
“The jetty is falling into disrepair – as it has been for many years now – and needs to be replaced.”
Mr O’Brien said it was “a significant tourism asset” and was used by boaties and fishermen accessing Nooramunga and Corner inlets and Bass Strait.
“Gippsland Ports has indicated it will continue to provide maintenance only on the jetty, but its deteriorating state suggests the point is coming where that will not be enough,” he said.
“Significant upkeep spending has been undertaken in recent years, but it’s clear time is not on our side.”
Mr O’Brien said he would hate to see the jetty forced to close and then a long and tiring campaign required to have it replaced, “like what occurred with Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty”.
“Gippsland Ports says it has applied for various grants over the years but has always been unsuccessful.
“The government is spending boating and fishing licence fees on new and upgraded facilities around Port Phillip and Western Port bays, but very little in Gippsland South.
“McLoughlins Beach residents are already angry that the government, via Parks Victoria, has closed a public toilet at the jetty.
“When will Gippsland, and specifically McLoughlins Beach, get its fair share?” Mr O’Brien questioned.