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Friday, 28 November 2014 10:08

One million tourists can't be wrong

The Great South Coast Group welcomes the recent bi-partisan commitment for a significant nature based tourism trail, with both sides of Government announcing funding if elected.

The Coalition has pledged $10m and Labor has pledged $19m for the Grampians Peaks Trail, which is set to become Victoria's premier nature based tourism attraction and is one of four priority projects for the Great South Coast Group.

Chair of the Great South Coast and Mayor of Corangamite Shire, Cr Chris O'Connor, said with almost 80 per cent of international visitors to Victoria undertaking a least one nature-based activity during their stay, the Grampians Peaks Trail will be a hero product for the region.

"Over 1 million tourists visit the Grampians National Park each year, which is why the Grampians Peaks Trail is a priority project for the Great South Coast Group."

"As the peak advocacy body for the region, we have been strongly lobbying both sides of Government to support a funding commitment and we are thrilled they have acknowledged the importance of this project through their funding commitments."

When completed the Grampians Peaks Trail will ultimately be a high quality, nature-based walk, one of Victoria's four Icon Walks, offering a world class long-distance walking experience for some and shorter on-off opportunities for others.

"The Grampians Peaks Trail will bolster investment in tourism. A broad number of products and services will be needed to support the trail, including accommodation, food, clothing retail, massage and spa, laundry, travel logistics, shuttle services and equipment rental," said Cr O'Connor

The project is expected to be completed in 2019 and will stretch 144 kilometres from Mount Zero to Dunkeld.

The Grampians Peaks Trail is set to attract a further 86,000 visitor nights per year to the region by 2024. It will generate a further $6.39 million of annual expenditure along with 35 direct and 75 indirect full time jobs in the region.



Media information:

Great South Coast Executive Officer, Karen Foster, 0407 312 836

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