Marlo-Conran pathway a good start
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Marlo-Conran pathway a good start

A shared bicycle / pedestrian pathway from Marlo to Cape Conran will be a popular tourist attraction for the region.

Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull said the pathway, which will be part of the tourism upgrades he has called for in the area, is a great start, but there is much more that can be done.

“To have confirmation that our lobbying has been effective and the pathway will be built, along with potable water connection, is good news, but I am looking forward to seeing more fire recovery investment in the area.

“As is well known, three of the cabins in Conran were destroyed by fire and they need to be replaced with upgraded facilities as a matter of urgency, while those remaining cabins that were spared fire impact, should also be renovated as well.

“It is very unique area and anything that is done must fit in with the natural environment, but the fire has delivered an opportunity to build back better,” he said.

“I am advised that the partial opening of the camp ground area was planned for the September school holidays had COVID allowed this, but by now it should all be ready to be opened when restrictions ease - it’s been eight months.

“As soon as it is safe to lift restrictions and we can welcome back visitors to our area from other parts of regional Victoria (or the city when restrictions permit), we need to have all those sites open.

“There will be a lot of people with cabin fever looking for a break who want to get into the outdoors and we need to be able to welcome them to our area. Our economy is relying on it,” he said.

Monday, September 14, 2020