Jun 11, 2013

$500,000 funding for Great Blue Mountains Trail

The Federal Labor Government today announced it would contribute $500,000 towards the construction of a new walking and cycling track in the Blue Mountains.

This funding is for the second section of the Great Blue Mountains Trail which will add 13.2 kilometres of new walking and cycling track linking the towns of Katoomba, Medlow Bath & Blackheath.

Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese said the trail would add to region’s appeal as a walking and cycling destination.

“Tourism is the primary economic driver in the Blue Mountains region and the trail will provide a new and interesting visitor experience and bring a positive economic impact,” he said.

“The new trail will generate tourism spending by New South Wales, interstate and overseas visitors and support local businesses associated directly with trail activities such as tours, cycle sales and hire, as well as for cafes and hotels.”

Senator for New South Wales Doug Cameron said the newly funded section will be moderately graded and offer the local community and visitors a safe connection through scenic areas.

“The trail will eventually go for 36 kilometres from Leura to Mt York, and to the lower mountains and Lithgow. Its moderate gradient will make it accessible and available to walkers and cyclists of all ages, including families,” he said.

“This project is a good example of the real benefits of targeted, long term investment in regional communities.

“The construction of this project, and the resulting increase in tourist numbers, are expected to create an additional 250 jobs in the region.”

Funding is being provided to the Blue Mountains City Council under Round Four of the Australian Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

Stage 2 of project will be completed in the second half of next year with the total 36 kilometre regional trail to be completed by June 2019.