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McLeish calls for repairs at Warburton’s popular tourist destinations

The State Labor Government has missed the perfect opportunity to ensure key tourism facilities in Warburton were in excellent and safe operating order, ready for visitors as the harsh lockdown ends.

State Liberal Member for Eildon, Cindy McLeish called on the government to make urgent repairs as the condition of several facilities in Warburton are not in a fit state to handle the certain influx of tourism numbers.

Speaking in Parliament, Ms McLeish said, “There are fears from the Community Economic Development Association (CEDA), that these facilities, which should have been repaired when there were no visitors, will have to be closed as the visitors return.”

Ms McLeish called for the stunning redwood bridge in Warburton to be fully repaired and functional, the damaged trestle bridge on the O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail be repaired and fallen trees removed, and the works at the Redwoods forest, including installation of promised toilets are completed.

The huge influx of tourists expected over the coming weekends to the area will be most welcomed by the Upper Yarra.

The Upper Yarra is no different to other parts of Victoria where the businesses and prosperity of the region have taken a huge hit due to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

“The closure of tourist sites would ultimately affect business and hospitality trade in Warburton and surrounding areas. We need to ensure visitors have a great experience, that there is minimal disruption and risks to the public are minimised,” Ms McLeish concludes.


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