Sunday, 25 November 2018
$5.7M TO GROW UPPER LACHLAN SHIRE VISITOR ECONOMY
Member for Goulburn Pru Goward has today announced $5 million in NSW Government funding for two projects that will boost visitation and grow the local economy by bringing dollars back into the region.
The two grants - totaling $5.7 million - from the Growing Local Economies Fund will fund upgrades to Grabine Road and Wombeyan Caves Road.
The funding, broken down by $2.4M to Wombeyan Caves Road and $3.3M to Grabine Road will improve access to the Shire’s most well-loved tourist attractions, Wombeyan Caves and Grabine Lakeside Reflections Holiday Park.
Ms Goward said the funding is a huge win for tourism. “Wyangala Dam and Wombeyan Caves are the two biggest tourism opportunities for our region.”
Wombeyan Caves Road from Taralga is the attractions main access point to the historically and scenically significant reserve.
“This funding will give new life to the old sealed sections, substandard curves and steep grade by reconstructing problem areas and sealing the last 3.5km - there will also be significant safety improvements at Mares Forest Intersection.
“A better road, safer and easier access, will open up many opportunities to increase visitation to our cherished Wombeyan Caves.
“Grabine Road was built in 1928 and this funding will bring the road into the 21st century with improved safety and accessibility for buses, caravans and boat trailers, which means more visitors to Lakeside Reflections, and the Bigga area, and that’s good for business.”
Upper Lachlan Shire Mayor John Stafford welcomed the funding boost
“On behalf of Council and the Community I would like to thank the NSW Government and the Member for Goulburn, the Honourable Pru Goward MP, for this significant investment in the shire” Cr Stafford said.
“This is fantastic news, the upgrade to Wombeyan Caves Road and Grabine Road will help encourage tourism within our shire and improve road safety for both locals and visitors alike, into the future”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the projects are two of 11 so far announced under the Growing Local Economies Fund, which is designed to deliver critical infrastructure for projects to jump-start regional NSW economies.
“Ours is a Government that puts its money where its mouth is – the 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW clearly said we would direct investment into infrastructure to support key industries for our regional communities like Goulburn,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Here is the money to help put Upper Lachlan Shire and the Southern Tablelands firmly on the radar for international and interstate investors and tourists as a first choice for their holiday.
“This is the Regional Economic Vision in action and proof we are doing everything we can to make regional NSW a great place to live, work, invest or visit.”
NSW Government funding for the projects will be met by a contribution of more than $300,000 from Upper Lachlan Shire Council to help complete the project.
The $500 million Growing Local Economies Fund, part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund, delivers essential infrastructure to spur job creation, improve connectivity and support community engagement and culture.
Growing Local Economies was established under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW fund to improve economic growth and productivity in NSW.
For more information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/regionalgrowth