My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development,
Jacinta Allan. It relates to an application for funding under the Small Towns
Development Fund for the Beeac windmill park and history walk. Some time ago I
was made aware that an application had been made by the Colac Otway shire in
relation to this project. I had the opportunity to read through that submission
and saw that it made a case for creating new opportunities for growth and
developing the social and economic infrastructure of Beeac.
In 2010 Beeac will celebrate its 150th year, and as part of
those celebrations the Beeac community is looking forward to having the Beeac
windmill park and history walk up and running, not only to assist in attracting
visitors on an ongoing basis but also to celebrate the small businesses that
were originally very much pioneers in the construction of windmills in Beeac and
the surrounding areas. We believe that if this project is successful, it will
showcase surrounding areas, such as Red Rock and the dry-stone walls, and result
in improved access to a number of facilities in the township.
All these objectives will increase the spending in the region
and properly recognise the Beeac township as an important part of Victoria’s
history. I urge the minister to support the application, as I believe this
project will provide huge benefits for the Beeac community.