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Victorian State Budget 2023/24

Regional parks and recreation areas

Every family deserves the chance to get out and kick a ball, go for a run, walk the dog or enjoy our great local parks.

Family of four on outdoor nature walk

And as regional Victorians spend more time outdoors with the people they love, this Budget invests in creating and improving local community spaces.

We are funding new and upgraded community sport and recreation projects across regional Victoria, including:

  • $32 million for the Go Fishing Victoria program, maintaining fish stocks and expanding fish hatcheries at Arcadia and Snobs Creek. We will support recreational fishing by investing in local clubs, kids’ angler programs and other initiatives.
  • $21 million to rebuild St Leonards Pier improving fishing and boating infrastructure on the Bellarine peninsula.
  • $16 million for recreational boating infrastructure improvements to increase recreational opportunities for Victorians and visitors.
  • $11 million to upgrade visitor facilities and infrastructure at the You Yangs (Wurdi Youang) and Serendip Sanctuary precinct to enhance and protect the natural and cultural precinct.
  • $8.7 million for Community Sport and Recreation Participation Programs. Many programs are in regional areas and will provide further opportunities for priority groups, support grassroots clubs and build sector capacity.
  • $8 million to open up the Tarago Reservoir for On Water Recreation by providing water treatment capacity upgrades at the Tarago, Neerim South and Warragul treatment plants.
  • $3.9 million to halve camping fees at parks across the state, encouraging more Victorians to get out and explore everything regional Victoria has to offer.
  • $2.5 million for the Country Football and Netball Program to develop community sport and recreation infrastructure. This will increase participation opportunities and improve accessibility for the community.

Reviewed 19 May 2023


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