Gippsland businesses, workers and apprentices will benefit from the Victorian Government’s revamp of one of the state’s most popular attractions, the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.

Through the Government’s Local Jobs First policy, the project will be required to use at least 89 per cent local content.

The project will create more than 200 jobs during construction and maximise the use of local steel products made from locally milled steel. Once complete, the parade will feature a larger and better equipped Visitor Centre to replace the outdated 1988 Centre, improving the experience of visitors and reducing the impacts on penguins.

The project is also subject to the Major Projects Skills Guarantee which will see apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets make up at least 10 per cent of total labour hours.

The project will ensure that Victoria remains at the forefront of tourism, with a forecast visitation increase of up to 20 per cent over the next ten years.