Boosting tourism facilities in East Gippsland
Thursday 19 September, 2019
Construction of a new jetty and walking track on the Gippsland Lakes is set to boost tourism and boating opportunities.
The new jetty, which provides berths for up to eight vessels, has been constructed on the site of the former Nyerimilang Wharf at Nyerimilang Heritage Park.
The jetty provides a new and exciting experience for visitors, allowing them to arrive by boat to enjoy the historic Nyerimilang Homestead, built in 1893, as well as its surrounding grounds and gardens.
The joint project between Gippsland Ports and Parks Victoria, at a total cost of $644,000, received funding through the Victorian Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program, of $496,000 in addition to a contribution of $148,000 from Gippsland Ports.
The 31-metre-long jetty is constructed with low maintenance and long-life components including a galvanised steel substructure and fibreglass mesh deck. It features a wave screen to provide some protection from waves and has solar powered public lighting installed.
A new walking track provides access between the jetty and the historic Nyerimilang Homestead precinct and offers spectacular views across the Gippsland Lakes.
The jetty was constructed in-house by Gippsland Ports with onshore access works being facilitated and managed by Parks Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Regional Director Eastern Victoria Graeme Baxter
“Nyerimilang Heritage Park is a fantastic asset in East Gippsland and with the improved facilities, we look forward to welcoming more visitors accessing and exploring the park, whether on foot or via water.”
“Parks Victoria will continue to work with Traditional Owners and the Friends of Nyerimilang in managing the protection and promotion of the area’s rich cultural values.”
Quotes attributable to Gippsland Ports CEO, Chris Waites
“This project supports the development of the region by providing destination boating facilities linked to a major visitor attraction on the Gippsland Lakes.”
“It not only provides benefits and increased opportunities for recreational boaters but will provide a boost to Nyerimilang Park, a valued asset to the East Gippsland visitor economy.”