The Andrews Labor Government’s is upgrading camp sites and 4WD tracks across Victoria to get more people out and about in our great outdoors.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio was in the Howqua Hills in Victoria’s High Country to announce $10.5 million to upgrade seven of the state’s iconic 4WD drive tracks, as well as other tracks and facilities across Victoria.
The 4WD tracks marked for upgrade include Wonnangatta, the Otways, Snowy River, Davies Plain, Grampians, Mallee and River Red Gum Drive.
An additional $945,000 will improve six campsites in the Alpine National Park, Howqua Hills and Mansfield State Forest, with better signage and toilet facilities, and new fire rings and picnic tables.
The investment will boost tourism in rural and remote communities —supporting local businesses and jobs.
Four-wheel drive clubs, along with conservation and tourism operators, inject more than $120 million into the regional economy annually.
Camping and recreation in Victoria’s national parks contributes $2.1 billion to the state’s tourism industry each year and supports more than 20,000 jobs.
The Labor Government’s $105.6 million Great Outdoors package is making it easier to explore the state’s 7.12 million hectares of national parks and state forests.
For more information on the Great Outdoors program, visit vic.gov.au/victoria-great-outdoors.
Quotes Attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“Four-wheel driving is a great way to explore Victoria’s great outdoors, and the improvements being made to these vehicle tracks and campsites will make that experience even more enjoyable.”
“A camping road trip is a wonderful and affordable way to get out into nature and there’s no better place to do it than in Victoria’s stunning Alpine region.”
“We’re upgrading campgrounds and 4WD tracks to make family holidays more fun and affordable.”