Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

$1 Million for Rosedale Revitalisation to Attract Visitors, Boost Economy

Media Release


12 February 2017

Joint release with:

Darren Chester

Federal Member for Gippsland

Carolyn Crossley

Mayor of Wellington Shire Council

A plan to revitalise the Rosedale township and boost the local economy will receive $1 million in Australian Government funding.

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Willow Park Campground would be upgraded to attract more visitors to the town. In addition, the Rosedale central business district will undergo beautification works with streetscape improvements.

"Rosedale is on the edge of the Latrobe Valley and has been identified by Wellington Shire Council as a town that will experience flow-on effects of the Hazelwood Power Station closure," Mr Chester said.

"Local businesses rely on the pass-through traffic for their incomes, so it’s important we give travellers even more reason to stop and spend in Rosedale.

"The Willow Park Campground is well utilised, but there is no infrastructure to support visitors. These upgrades will enhance Rosedale’s reputation as a "RV-friendly town" and encourage more people to pass through the Latrobe Valley on their way to destinations further east."

The investment will complement a $2 million upgrade of the Princes Highway roundabout in Rosedale, removing a freight bottleneck.

The Australian Government is providing $1.045 million, under round five of its Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme to reconfigure the existing roundabout, which presents a hazard to motorists and pedestrians.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Coalition Government was investing in regional communities as part of its strategy to encourage decentralisation.

"I’m really pleased that the local community, through Wellington Shire Council, has identified a priority project and the Australian Government has been able to help," Minister Nash said.

"I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to and projects like this help to do that."

Wellington Shire Council Mayor Carolyn Crossley said: "The funding announcement by the Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is welcome news and on behalf of Council and the Rosedale community, we thank the Federal Government for its ongoing and continued support of Wellington’s community infrastructure.

"The transformation of Willow Park is a high priority for Council and the Rosedale community, and is included in Rosedale’s Community Plan. This work forms part of the overall revitalisation of Rosedale which also includes Council’s streetscape works and the roundabout upgrade by VicRoads, and we are ready to get to work as soon as we can.

"This project will reinvigorate Rosedale, and create an environment to attract businesses and visitors, and bring economic benefits.

"Rosedale is the western entry to Wellington Shire and it’s important that we present the best possible impression to visitors travelling though our region."