- Investment comes from tourism recovery packages - including those targeting bushfire affected communities
- Will feature a glamping village and thermal bath pools
- Hot springs golf course will the first of its kind in Australia
Metung Hot Springs – which will host the first hot springs golf course in Australia – will open later in the year after receiving a $3 million injection by the Victorian Government.
The investment comes from the Gippsland Tourism Recovery Package and the Federal and Victorian Government’s Local Economic Recovery program that targets bushfire affected communities.
The first stage of the project is due for completion by the end of the year with construction beginning in the coming months.
This stage will include a “glamping village”, thermal bath pools and tubs along with a sauna and plunge pool.
In collaboration with Metung’s Kings Cove Golf Club, the site will be home to the first hot springs golf course in Australia. Additionally, water from the hot springs itself will irrigate the golf club.
Using a deep bore geothermal heating system that accesses an aquifer 500 metres below ground level, water of 45 degrees will be collected to heat the hot springs.
Mary-Anne Thomas, Minister for Regional Development, said the project highlighted the Victorian Government’s commitment to long-term regional growth
“The Metung Hot Springs is another example of how we are backing a project that promises to bring long-term economic benefits to our regions, making them an even better place to live, work and invest.”
Mary-Anne Thomas, Minister for Regional Development
20 new permanent jobs are expected to be created in the first year of the project with a further 10 during construction. Nearby investments from the same funds include $3.85 million towards the Point hicks Lighthouse, $3.5 million for a restoration of the Snowy Rail Bridge and $350,000 to assist to koala trail at Raymond Island.
Fellow colleague Jane Garrett, the Member for Eastern Vicotria, cited the fact the project caters for a tourist opportunity that isn’t seasonally orientated.
“This development is leading the way by showing what is possible for new year-round regional tourism experiences and I’m excited to see this project reach completion.”
Jane Garrett, Member for Eastern Victoria