As part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will deliver $129 million in direct support to local communities.

The package will create 3,700 direct jobs, while supporting thousands more across our state’s supply chains and pumping extra dollars back into our economy.

This funding includes support for tourism, solar, the environment, water and infrastructure and includes projects in bushfire-affected areas to rebuild and upgrade important local assets.

Coastal areas are set to receive funding to address erosion and flood risk challenges – protecting marine and coastal areas, and supporting local communities.

This investment will allow works to be carried out on a number of local projects, such as replacing the Altona pier, removing old Flinders Timber pier, as well as maintenance and planning to replace Brighton pier.

Funding will also be used to maintain and upgrade public land facilities that support local trade, future tourism and restoration of the natural environment, such as campgrounds in Mornington Peninsula, Greater Otway National Park and Kinglake National Park.

Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners and the broader community will benefit from the implementation of the Barmah National Park Joint Management Plan. The plan will ensure the voices of Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners are central in conserving the park’s environment and cultural values, while supporting local jobs and the local economy.

Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners and the community of East Gippsland will benefit from funding to continue the implementation of the Gunaikurnai and Victorian Government Joint Management Plan. The plan guides the partnership between the Gunaikurnai people and the Victorian Government, ensuring Gunaikurnai knowledge and voices guide the joint management of ten parks and reserves in the Gippsland region.

DELWP will also deliver important funding to Victorian communities to reduce fire hazards and support restoration and resilience through private overhead lines.

Communities in Wellington, East Gippsland, Towong and Alpine will be supported in efforts to restore bushfire affected waterways and catchments. These communities will also receive funding for repairing and replacing essential water infrastructure.

There will be also be a range of energy efficiency upgrades to several public housing high rise properties. Improvements will be made to the energy efficiency of shared services at these sites, such as hot water and lighting in common areas.

A number of local projects will also be funded, including solar installation on a number of public buildings, upgrades on state heritage-listed Maryborough Swimming Pool and McCrae Lighthouse, and additional funds to protect our precious water resources.

Further investment as part of an integrated water projects package will support communities in Melbourne’s west, Gunbower, the Mornington Peninsula and greater Melbourne in helping secure alternative water supplies and support liveability and resilience.

Page last updated: 18/05/20