Budget boost for the Blue Mountains National Park
The Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury region will be among the areas to share in the Morrison Government’s $61.7 million budget spending on environmental restoration and recovery measures through the $1 billion COVID Relief Fund.
$600,000 will be invested in the Greater Blue Mountains Area, providing improved educational signage and group camping facilities for visitors and education groups.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will provide a $300,000 co-contribution.
The $61.7 million funding package includes:
- $33.5 million for heritage upgrades to fund conservation work, infrastructure upgrades across 23 national and world heritage sites, preserving and enhancing them while creating jobs and lasting benefits for our tourism industry.
- A $20 million reef builder shellfish restoration program to be invested in at least 11 bushfire and COVID-19-affected coastal communities to rescue native marine ecosystems from the risk of local extinction, rejuvenating local fish stocks and creating spectacular tourism dive sites in the process.
- $8.2 million to support Great Barrier Reef projects including $3.2 million to engage tourism operators in reef monitoring and conservation work, along with $5 million for Townsville’s Reef HQ.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the World Heritage Site is the backbone of the Blue Mountains economy.
“A new facelift will promote preservation and enhance world-class tourism experiences ensuring that locals and visitors can both enjoy and respect our Park,” Senator Payne said.
“We know that by investing in the Park’s future, we are also supporting the local jobs which rely on the flow of tourism.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the funding would create or support more than 1,000 jobs while assisting the recovery efforts of many regional communities affected by the pandemic and recent bushfires.
“These initiatives will sustain jobs and local businesses, improve facilities and encourage people to visit regional communities and world heritage sites,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said that the announcements showed the Morrison Government is delivering practical and lasting environmental outcomes, partnering with both State and Territory governments and local communities.
“These initiatives invest in projects that sustain jobs and local businesses, improve facilities and encourage people to visit regional communities when they are able to do so,” Minister Ley said.
NSW Upper House and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP welcomed the announcement of $600,000 for educational signage and camping facilities.
“At a time of COVID and greater interest in visiting the beauty of our region, improving signage and camping facilities will be greatly appreciated by visitors,” Mr Mallard said.
More information about the Morrison Government’s $61.7 million investment in our environment through the $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund can be accessed here: https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/mccormack/media-release/617-milli....