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Labor promises $5M investment in escarpment walking tracks

Mt Kembla Ring Track, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

A walking track in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Photo: National Parks & Wildlife.

WALKING tracks through the Illawarra escarpment will receive a $5 million investment if Labor is elected to government at the March 23 State poll.

Shadow Minister for the Illawarra and Keira MP, Ryan Park has announced a commitment by Labor to create a new link between the Coast Walk in the Royal National Park and walking tracks in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area, effectively linking Sydney to the Illawarra for bush walkers.

The project will also focus on upgrading and improving existing walking track infrastructure to create a seamless walking experience.

Mr Park says a future Labor government will establish stage one of the proposed Illawarra Escarpment Walking Track stretching from Stanwell Park in the north to Mount Kembla in the south.

Mr Park says walking tracks in the Illawarra and Heathcote areas are in desperate need of upgrading with infrastructure such as walkways, signage and stairways ageing badly and falling into disrepair.

According to Mr Park, walking tracks in the Illawarra Escarpment are popular amongst the local community and are attracting visitors who are seeking walking experiences in the surrounds of Sydney. He said Labor will bring the walk to life and showcase the natural environment.

“This project will make it possible for people to walk all the way from Sydney to the Illawarra,” he said.

“This is great news for bush walking enthusiasts and anyone who wants get outdoors and enjoy our fantastic natural environment.”

Labor’s candidate for the Heathcote electorate, Maryanne Stuart said walking tracks in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area are iconic and have the potential to be a significant tourism drawcard for the region.

 

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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