Labor To Fund Yarra Glen Rejuvenation

Posted November 24th, 2010 Comments (0) | Share | tags: ,

A future Brumby Labor Government will invest up to $500,000 towards a project to help improve the streetscape in Bell Street, Yarra Glen and rejuvenate the area.

The funding will assist with making the precinct more pedestrian friendly so that the town can take advantage of the reduction in truck traffic in Yarra Glen as a result of the Yarra Glen Truck Bypass.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Tim Holding said the funding commitment was made after the Member for Seymour Ben Hardman made the case directly to Government Ministers.

�Yarra Glen is a growing and thriving community and local jobs and the local economy rely on a strong tourism trade,� Mr Holding said.

�The region has had some challenges in recent years, particularly following the bushfires, but this project will be another step towards Yarra Glen reaching its full potential.

�A future Labor Government will work with the Yarra Ranges Shire Council, the Yarra Glen Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and local businesses, on the project.

Mr Holding visited Yarra Glen today to make the announcement with Mr Hardman and meet with business operators from the region.

�I always appreciate talking directly to tourism operators to understand the challenges they face and the opportunities that they have identified for the future,� he said.

�Ben Hardman is a tireless local member of Parliament, whose work has delivered greatly improved services and greater investment in infrastructure for towns like Yarra Glen.�

The Brumby Labor Government has invested heavily in promoting tourism to the Yarra Valley in recent years including funding from the $10 million joint State and Commonwealth Governments� Victorian Bushfire Tourism Industry Support Package.

Mr Hardman said the beautification project would help to improve the public open spaces and pedestrian access in Bell Street.

�Yarra Glen is a vital part of the tourism industry in Yarra Valley and by helping to beautify the town area, businesses and the local community in Yarra Glen will be able to hold events which attract more people to the region,� Mr Hardman said.

�These events will include entertainment, markets, food and wine tastings and other events which will boost visitation and economic activity in the business district.�