Blue Mountains City Council to receive funding to revamp the Katoomba Civic Centre

Thursday, 18 June 2020

The Katoomba CBD will receive a federal funding boost, with $750,000 being awarded to Blue Mountains City Council for their Katoomba Civic Centre Revitalisation project.

Blue Mountains City Council made the application and will receive the funding as part of the Morrison Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the important project will help the Blue Mountains at this very difficult time.

“The Katoomba CBD is visited by millions of tourists each year, yet the Civic Centre, which is at the heart of the CBD, currently lacks any strong sense of place or purpose,” Senator Payne said.

“Through upgrades like new public art displays, this funding injection will mean the Centre will be able to serve as more than just a thoroughfare from Katoomba Street to the Cultural Centre. 

“A newly revamped, more attractive space will make the Centre a destination in its own right, and that should see more people spending time in and around the Katoomba CBD, which is good news for local businesses."

This latest funding announcement fits well with other key projects the Morrison Government is funding in the Blue Mountains. 

“User-friendly, accessible and unique public spaces are magnets for tourism, jobs and business activity,” Senator Payne said.

“Local funding of over $25 million over the past few years has been delivered specifically to boost tourism, support local jobs and create a more liveable city. 

“The upgrade to Echo Point, the redevelopment of Springwood Library, and the revitalisation of Blackheath Town Centre, are particular highlights.

“With a new funding program for the rollout of local economic recovery plans set to start from July 1 of this year, our Government is continuing to work on-the-ground to help alleviate the impact of the bushfires and the coronavirus.”


Ward 1 Councillor and Chair of the Mayoral Reference Group advising Council on matters affecting businesses, Kevin Schreiber, welcomed the funding boost.

“It’s good news that the federal government is working with Blue Mountains Council to deliver funding for this long overdue upgrade of the Civic Centre,” Cr Schreiber said. 

“Councillor Kerry Brown and I have long been advocating for an upgrade to address the Centre’s amenities and curb-side appeal. A new injection of funds will do a lot to lift the look and feel of Katoomba Street.

“This is exactly the sort of investment that our community needs in the wake of the bushfires and COVID-19. It will really help put our business community back on its feet.”

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