On Thursday, 17 June, together with Gannawarra shire mayor, Charlie Gillingham, I started by visiting Atkinson Park in Kerang’s Sir John Gorton precinct to announce $1 million in funding from the Andrews Labor government’s community sports infrastructure stimulus program.
It will go towards a new all-abilities play space complete with skate park, playground and more. Atkinson Park is Kerang’s major centre for family- and youth-oriented outdoor fun, and this grant will transform this precinct for the future.
Later that day, and again with Mayor Gillingham, I was delighted to get to Quambatook and announce $2 050 000 from the regional infrastructure fund stimulus round for the—
Mr GEPP: President, I cannot even hear myself. I am sorry.
The PRESIDENT: I was going to interrupt, Mr Gepp. Can you please stop the clock? It is not on. Mr Gepp to continue.
Mr GEPP: Thank you, President. For the long-awaited Quambatook weir pool. The development of the weir pool will create significant tourism opportunities that generate substantial local employment and transform the livability of Quambatook and the Avoca River. My thanks to Ken Espagne and his daughter Chelle in the Quambatook weir pool working group for their many years of advocacy and dedication.
Finally, on Saturday I spent the day in Birchip, where I announced as part of the regional infrastructure fund stimulus round that Buloke shire will receive $2.6 million to deliver the Buloke play spaces trail—involving the construction of five destination play spaces in Berriwillock, Birchip, Charlton, Donald and Wycheproof, so clearly it overlaps my electorate and the electorate of Western Victoria—followed by a visit to the Birchip Recreation Reserve, where I joined members of the footy and netball club before their clash with archrivals Charlton to officially open the facilities upgrade made possible by a $400 000 investment package from the government.