Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Government to support local tourism and businesses in Jindivick by providing directional tourism signs at the Sand Road & Princes Freeway interchange which is currently undergoing a major upgrade.
The call for tourism signage comes following a petition by the Jindivick Progress Association which drew 242 signatures being presented to Mr Blackwood earlier this month.
‘The Jindivick community has been concerned about the lack of tourism signage directing visitors from the Princes Freeway to Jindivick for many years, and the interchange development at Sand Road provides a great opportunity for this issue to be addressed,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘The petition contains 242 signatures and gives a clear indication of the concern local residents and businesses have on this issue.
‘The Sand Road intersection is currently being upgraded with the construction of a flyover over the Princes Freeway [and] the project has been a long time coming.
‘The Sand Road overpass project was funded by the State Coalition in its 2014-15 budget with $8 million and supported with Federal funding of around $25 million in the same year [and] should be completed later this year.
Mr Blackwood said the local community had seen a downturn in visitation and tourism following the 2009 Black Saturday Fires even though it was not directly affected and that new signs at Sand Road would help support local business as it continues to recover and build on its already outstanding tourism reputation.
‘The people of Jindivick and surrounds have proven to be amazingly resilient in the way they recovered from the 2009 Black Saturday fires [and] while the township was not directly impacted by the fires, the local businesses suffered enormous loss of income immediately following them.
‘Jindivick business' and events depend on visitors from beyond the immediate vicinity to be viable.
‘I urge the Minister to support the Jindivick Progress Association’s request for directional signage at the Sand Road interchange that could be installed as the finishing touches are made to this project later this year,’ Mr Blackwood said.