Ten projects valued at more than $18.7 million will be completed across Blue Mountains City over the next three years, providing a welcome boost to community infrastructure and public spaces.
The projects will be funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20 year-agreement between Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City.
The projects include the following:
- Springwood Library – redevelopment of the public area so that it’s a larger, contemporary, light-filled space including installation of a full height glazing to the south façade on the ground floor, a new accessible lift and rendered finish to the external façade. Get information on how you can have your say
- Glenbrook Park Stage 2 playground works – creation of a new inclusive, accessible, interactive play area catering for seven to 12 year olds. Get information on how you can have your say
- Blackheath Town Centre rejuvenation – includes elements of the Blackheath Village Centre Public Domain Plan. A Building Better Regional Fund grant of $1.8 million, from the Federal Government, is also being funnelled into these upgrades so the works can be completed in one project. Redevelopment includes a new town square, plus footpaths, road, drainage and associated civil / traffic works.
- Springwood Town Centre rejuvenation – includes elements of the Springwood Town Centre Public Domain Plan that builds on existing street and landscape features to provide a more attractive public space and encourage pedestrian activity to boost the local economy, through greater activation of shop frontages.
- Eastern Scenic Escarpment – a significant upgrade of 2.35km of walking tracks between key features in Knapsack Reserve, including Siding Lookout to Knapsack Viaduct, Elizabeth Lookout to Knapsack Viaduct, Marges Lookout to Mitchells Pass and Marges Lookout to Lennox Bridge. Read the Media Release
- Lawson Crown Lands (former Lawson Golf Course) – construction of accessible pathways, dog off leash area, seating and associated landscaping works.
- Wentworth Falls Lake Park– development of an outdoor educational facility and upgrades to connectivity and accessibility, including an accessible viewing platform.
- Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park – new toilet block connected with new accessible pedestrian pathways.
- Katoomba Sports & Aquatic Centre – an accessible outdoor program pool with play features which replaces the current toddler and learn-to-swim pool, a new concourse for the 50m outdoor pool, landscaping and associated works.
- Buttenshaw Park, Springwood – an adventure playground including tandem flying fox, parkour play elements and other items targeted to teenage interests, as well as connectivity and accessibility upgrades.
Council will be seeking feedback from the Blue Mountains community on design concepts for each of the projects, progressively.