www.thestar.com.au TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011 $1.20 COUNTRY Fire Authority stations across the region opened their doors to the community over the weekend as part of CFA Sunday. Wonthaggi Brigade members and Captain Koala take a breather during activities on Sunday in Apex Park. More photos on page 2. CASH CHASE Shire seeks action on Corner Inlet TOURISM in the local region is set for a major boost with millions being sought for a major Corner Inlet project. The South Gippsland Shire Council will vote tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23 on a bold tourism proposal that would see an injection of $1.5 - $2.1 million for the Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project. This major tourism project comprises four already identiﬁed priority projects including Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty restoration, the Great Southern Rail Trail extension from Foster to Welshpool, a feasibility study including detailed design of the Port Welshpool Marina development and the dredging of the Toora Channel. Talking to The Star after a meeting in Melbourne with Regional Development Victoria last Friday former South Gippsland Shire Tourism Coordinator and now Manager Customer Relations Christian Stefani said this new project has created a lot of excitement. “A lot of work has gone into this project over many years and we are all very excited,” Mr Stefani said. “The Council, CEO Tim Tamlin, the Mayor Warren Raabe and community groups have been working hard to see these four priority projects go ahead,” he said. Following the council’s decision on the major funding for the project a Community Consultation meeting will be hosted by Regional Develop- ment Victoria at Port Welshpool on November 28. Mr Stefani said this meeting would primarily be an update on the work and ﬁndings of the Long Jetty Project Control Group, appointed by the Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South, Peter Ryan. The other three major components of the Corner Inlet Project would be addressed and Mr Stefani said there would be some indication of the total costings of the whole project, estimated to run into multi millions of dollars. “The council would be seeking major funding from the Federal and State governments for the Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project,” Mr Stefani said. Continued on page 5. It’s time: campaigner for the Long Jetty restoration, Paul MacPhail urges the local community to attend the meeting on November 28.