Senator Payne visits Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve to welcome tourism upgrade

Thursday, 04 May 2017

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne visited Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve today to announce the delivery of $652,774 in Coalition funding granted to Blue Mountains City Council under the Community Development Grants Programme.

“I am pleased to welcome this significant milestone in the project which will see the upgrade and modernisation of facilities at Wentworth Falls Lake which is a popular location for tourists and locals,” Senator Payne said.

“This project will include the construction of an accessible walking track, new toilets, additional car ad bus parking, viewing platform and the installation of interpretive/educational signage.

“The Coalition promised the Blue Mountains a tourism upgrade to Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve and the Coalition is delivering. It will benefit Blue Mountains locals and the wider community and I am proud to be seeing it through to fruition,” Senator Payne said.

Blue Mountains City Council Councillor Kevin Schreiber welcomed the funding.

“It is great news that the Federal Government is honouring a promise made at the last federal election,” Cr Schreiber said.

“Tourism is a major part of the economy for Wentworth Falls and the upper Blue Mountains.”

Ward 2 Cr Romola Hollywood also welcomed the federal government funding.

“Wentworth Falls Lake is a jewel in the Blue Mountains crown. It is increasingly popular with visitors and an important place of recreation for local residents and families,” Cr Hollywood said.

“Improved car parking and toilet facilities are much need to meet the demand and community expectations. What is most exciting is that this funding allows us to start Stage 1 of the boardwalk. This will enable people to walk further around the lake shore and appreciate more of the lake's beautiful vistas. It will also provide better protection for the hanging swamp.

“Blue Mountains City Council will co-fund the project contributing to a shared investment of over $1.3 million in our local community and regional economy.”

Wentworth Falls Lake is a popular picnic ground, children’s playground and great location for model boat enthusiasts.

This funding has been granted under the Community Development Grants Programme and a 2016 election commitment by former Liberal Member for Macquarie, Louise Markus.

While the Coalition is investing in the project, the Blue Mountains City Council is managing the delivery of this project. 

Caption: Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne and Blue Mountains City Council councillors Romola Hollywood and Kevin Schreiber, inspect the map of the upgrade to Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve with BMCC senior landscape architect, Rob Fallon. 

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