$485,000 upgrade to Paynesville boating facilities
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$485,000 upgrade to Paynesville boating facilities

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, pictured with local Paynesville residents, business owners and agency representatives at today’s announcement of a new refuelling facility for Paynesville recreational boaters.

Paynesville will now provide recreational boaters with 24 hour refuelling facilities thanks to a $485,000 upgrade announced today by State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull.

Mr Bull said the new design would also improve safety in the marine precinct where the works will occur.

“The new jetty extension on which the refuelling facilities will be located will provide swipe card access to fuel, meaning recreational boat operators will now be able to access fuel 24 hours a day seven days a week, rather than the facility having to be personally manned for operation.

“We heard today that in peak times the wait can be over an hour to refuel and this should provide a far more streamlined process with two bowsers.

“The jetty on which the facility is currently located is home to a hire fleet vessel and also pump out facilities, so it can be very busy and congested, which is not ideal at a refuelling facility.

“The extension will provide a much safer area and move the refuelling area away from those hiring a boat or using the pump out.

“Gippsland Ports will oversee the project and it was terrific to have representatives from the Paynesville Business and Tourism Association, Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club, Paynesville Motor Cruiser Club, Coast Guard, East Gippsland Marketing Inc and East Gippsland Shire all present today in support of the project.

“Not only does this year’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program include the biggest amount invested in the program’s history, the Gippsland East district is receiving the largest investment with over $1.7 million being provided for seven initiatives,” said Mr Bull.

“There are several big infrastructure projects receiving grants this year in the Gippsland East area, as well as vital equipment upgrades for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard,” he said.