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From the MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
SEAL ROCKS TOURISM CENTRE TO BE RESTORED
One of Victoria’s most popular nature based tourism destinations today received a major boost with the announcement that $7.1 million will be spent restoring the Seal Rocks Sea Life Centre at Phillip Island.
The Minister for Environment, John Thwaites, said the funding would be used to repair the visitor information centre and restaurant, and fix storm damage to the roof from 2002.
“All the legal issues surrounding this facility have been resolved and the site is now in Government ownership,” Mr Thwaites said.
“This funding will further enhance the Phillip Island Nature Park’s reputation as a world class tourist destination.
“It will build on the already widely renowned attractions at Phillip Island – such as the famous penguin parade.
“Victoria’s parks and natural attractions play an important recreation role, protect our environment and drive economic activity.”
Seal Rocks is home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals and is part of the spectacular Phillip Island Nature Park which covers over 2000 hectares and is a haven for a variety of marine and land-based wildlife.
Around half a million people visit the Phillip Island Nature Park each year and revenue from visitors is spent on walking tracks, toilets, research and management programs.
Mr Thwaites said the local community would directly benefit through revitalised commercial use of the facility which would boost employment and private investment.
“We are expecting a refurbished facility will encourage visitors to stay longer and increase tourist expenditure on the Island and in the surrounding Gippsland region,” he said.
“This announcement is part of a Budget that builds on the Bracks Government’s investments in infrastructure to create jobs and make sure Victoria remains the best place to raise a family.
“The improved Seal Rocks Sea Life centre, with fully equipped tourist information and restaurant, will be another asset for the island and Victoria and locals, the tourism industry, volunteers and wildlife will benefit.”