Projects valued at more than $18.7 million will be completed across Blue Mountains City, 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 more information
- Glenbrook Park Stage 2 playground works – creation of a new inclusive, accessible, interactive play area catering for seven to 12 year olds. Get more information
- Blackheath Village Centre upgrades – 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. Get information on how to have your say
The Building Better Regions Fund has also contributed funding to make this project possible.
- 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. Get more information
- 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. Get more information
- South Lawson Park (former Lawson Golf Course) – construction of accessible pathways, dog off leash area, seating and associated landscaping works. Get more information
- Wentworth Falls Lake Park – development of a multi-purpose shelter and upgrades to connectivity and accessibility, including an accessible viewing platform. Get more information
- Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park – new toilet block connected with new accessible pedestrian pathways. Get more information
- 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. Get more information
- 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. Get more information on have your say
- Creating shared paths – In 2021, construction will begin on almost 3km of new shared paths and kerb ramps in three town/village centres. This includes 600m of shared path in Glenbrook, 600m in Lawson and 1600m in Wentworth Falls. Get more information
Council will be seeking feedback from the Blue Mountains community on design concepts for each of the projects, progressively.