Until 31 July, the community can complete a short online survey about plans to simplify parking by converting existing parallel parks between Myer Street and Carpenter Street to 45-degree angle parking.

Replacing the current off-road carpark with angle parking will create room to widen the footpath in front of the shops by two metres and allow the old car parking area to be landscaped and turned into new recreational space.

In addition, East Gippsland Shire Council is proposing to construct additional car parking behind the shops to provide easy access to the esplanade via the arcade walkway.

RRV Regional Director (Eastern) Sara Rhodes-Ward said the proposed car parking changes are significant and RRV is keen to continue the conversation with local traders and the community throughout the decision-making process.

“Our goal with this project is to boost safety and improve access to local businesses in this popular tourist town,” Ms Rhodes-Ward said.

“We want to improve the current situation where people have to cross a busy highway because the shops are on the opposite side to where most of the available parking is. There are also congestion issues when passing traffic needs to wait for vehicles parallel parking,” Ms Rhodes-Ward said.

“The community and local traders have told us that keeping the same number of car spaces in this area is important to them and that’s what we will achieve – at the same time, we’re refreshing the town centre.

“We would like to gauge the community’s support and will take that feedback into account before we decide whether to proceed with these plans.”

This proposal is part of a multi-million-dollar package of improvements being rolled-out in Lakes Entrance over the next two years that will improve safety, accessibility and amenity. These works are funded under the Australian and Victorian governments’ $50 million investment package to upgrade the Princes Highway between Sale and the New South Wales border.

To complete the survey and get more information about this project, head to the Princes Highway East - Lakes Entrance page