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Explore Dharawal this weekend

THE secrets of the State’s newest national park will be revealed on Saturday when a community celebration is held at Dharawal.

State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans has encouraged residents to come and explore Dharawal National Park at a community celebration.

To mark the historic occasion Mr Evans has produced a commemorative booklet which will be available on the day and delivered to every household in the Heathcote electorate.

“The community has fought tirelessly to make this dream a reality and this is an opportunity to thank them for their efforts and congratulate their success,” Mr Evans said.

“The legacy of their campaigning is a historic milestone for all of NSW and will be appreciated and enjoyed by countless generations to come.”

The day will include free walks and tours led by local National Parks staff as well as fun activities for children including the Bug Man, face painting, and a preview of Wilder Quest.

Parks staff will also be on hand to discuss views and ideas about managing this new national park, and to share information about plans to improve visitor access in Dharawal.

“The community day is also an opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with the area to come and discover everything the new Dharawal National Park has to offer,” Mr Evans said.

“The free guided tours are the best way to learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Dharawal people and the endangered species that will be protected within the National Park.”

Guided walks will visit the magnificent Minerva Pool, the new proposed lookout site and the challenging Jingga Track.

“Food and drink will be available on the day and I am really hoping to see as many people as possible come along for a fun community celebration,” Mr Evans said.

The festivities start at 11am and finish at 3pm. The official ceremony takes part at 11.30am at the eastern end of Victoria Road, Wedderburn (follow the signs from Woodland Road).

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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