Springwood and Katoomba town centre upgrades to support local jobs

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The Morrison Government has approved funding for safety and amenity upgrades to the Katoomba and Springwood town centres, delivering on its local election commitments and supporting local jobs.

Blue Mountains City Council will receive $20,000 to install water refill stations along Macquarie Street in Springwood, while Katoomba Chamber of Commerce and Community will receive $20,000 to purchase and deploy CCTV cameras in the Katoomba Street precinct.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the funding approval meant the Morrison Government had successfully delivered on all its local election commitments in the Blue Mountains. 

“Our government made these commitments having worked with the community to identify priority projects, and with this latest milestone, we have honoured and delivered every commitment,” Senator Payne said.

“When you enhance public spaces and make them safer, business confidence rises and so does foot traffic, which is all good news, in particular for our small businesses in Springwood and Katoomba.

“Importantly, every investment the government is delivering locally, whether it be the new inclusive playground at Blaxland or the new CCTV units at Katoomba, is supporting jobs and cementing our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, said the Australian Government’s $40,000 investment in community infrastructure would support the Blue Mountains economy.

“This investment will produce long-term economic benefits by making the Blue Mountains an even more attractive place for Australians to spend a weekend away, or even better, as part of a regional road trip across our great state,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. 

Mark Barton, President of the Springwood Chamber of Commerce, said the water refill stations would be an important addition to Macquarie Road. 

“Key additions like water refill stations helps to create an attractive, workable town centre which adds an extra incentive for shoppers to visit some of our hard-working local businesses,” Mr Barton said.

“Securing this funding has been a real team effort between our Chamber, especially our immediate past president Lesley Lewis, Senator Payne and Blue Mountains City Council, so we’re grateful such a positive outcome has been achieved.

These new addtions come off the back of Springwood’s recent facelift, which inculded new pedestrian crossings and garden beds, funded by all levels of government through the Western Parkland City Liveability Program.”

Mr Mark Jarvis, President of the Katoomba Chamber of Commerce and Community, said the funding approval was further recognition of Katoomba’s importance as a business and tourism hub in the Blue Mountains. 

“New visitor facilities at Echo Point, funding to revamp the tired Civic Centre, footpath upgrades, new traffic calming measures, supporting the Wollemi Artisan Markets and new laneway art installations; frankly, it’s difficult to keep track of the number of key projects the federal government is investing in across our CBD to help our community comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Javis said.