Liberal and Labor candidates Sarah Henderson and Libby Coker have both been briefed on the projects, which total close to $10 million.
With talk of an election as early as July 2, CEO Lenny Jenner and Councillor Bob Merriman have also sought the support of senior government members from both parties during a recent G21 delegation to Canberra.
“We simply cannot deliver major infrastructure improvements that are much needed locally such as the lighthouse reserves, Queenscliff Community Hub and Fort Queenscliff Activation without funding and leadership from the Federal Government,” said Mr Jenner.
“Being part of the G21 delegation, provided the opportunity to advocate directly to Ministers and Shadow Ministers on the priorities for the Borough.”
'The Shortland’s Bluff Activation Project' falls under the umbrella of a broader ‘Destination Queenscliff’ strategy. The borough aims to link it to the adjacent $3m recreation reserve upgrade and proposed Fort Queenscliff initiatives to maximize tourism outcomes.
It would include 10 accommodation units, upgrading of the Ocean View car park, lookout platforms, a new café and public toilets and improvements to support ANZAC Day celebrations.
Council is seeking $4 million in Federal funding towards the estimated $7.15m works.
“Destination Queenscliff will drive new tourism visitation, strengthening Queenscliff’s
destination appeal and be a stimulus for new tourism product, investment and employment creation,” Council's pitch to Canberra states.
A further $2.05 million is being sought to help fund the Queenscliff cultural hub redevelopment. The proposal aims to create a multi-use community facility incorporating the Queenscliffe Historical Museum, library, and Visitor Information Centre.
Pre-election priorities identified by the G21 delegation include:
• Fort Queenscliff Activation
• Queenscliff Community Hub
• Queenscliff Lighthouse Reserve
• NBN connectivity for Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale
• Further Green Army Projects including native vegetation / weed removal at the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and along the Queenscliff Foreshore
• The introduction of power efficient street Lighting throughout the Borough