Local projects receive bushfire recovery fund boost

Council has welcomed a $4.6 million boost for two key local projects as part of funding program aimed at stimulating growth and building economic resilience in bushfire affected regions.

08 February 2021

A further $5 million has been granted to Falls Creek and Mount Hotham to support development of their visitor offering, and projects to rejuvenate two iconic Bright buildings will receive $975,000 between them.

Jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments, the Bushfire Recovery Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience Grants are part of the Local Economic Recovery Fund.

Alpine Shire Council Mayor John Forsyth said Council is extremely pleased to receive a vital boost to two important projects.

“We congratulate all successful applicants, it’s fantastic to see some really exciting projects being funded,” he said.

“We’re very happy to receive funding for two projects that are essential to bushfire-impacted communities and important for future emergency access and community safety.

“The Great Alpine High Country Connectivity: Dargo High Plains Road Upgrade project will receive $2.6 million, to upgrade this essential road, improve safety and increase accessibility during emergencies.

“The Gateway to Alpine Adventure: Dinner Plain Activation project will receive $2 million to rejuvenate the village centre and key spaces in Dinner Plain.”

Alpine region projects include:

  • $2.6 million for new and upgraded infrastructure along the Dargo High Plains Road.
  • $2 million to develop the Dinner Plain recreation reserve and village centre.
  • $600,000 to help redevelop the iconic Alpine Hotel in Bright so that it can be used for community events.
  • $375,000 for a cycle tourism and accommodation redevelopment in Bright.
  • $2.5 million for Falls Creek Alpine Resort to redevelop the lakeside trailhead and foreshore to assist growing water sport activation.
  • $2.5 million to develop the Mount Hotham Snow Play and Activity Hub.

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