Council has secured three grants for upgrades to Katoomba Town Centre. All will improve the overall look and functionality of the town, while boosting business and the arts.

Project 1 Katoomba Civic Centre

The Revitalisation of Katoomba Civic Centre is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Building Better Regions Fund, with 50 per cent of the project funds provided by Council.

The project includes external repainting, new lighting, improved security and toilet facilities, public art and improved connections to Council’s Cultural Centre. Artwork and architectural design works are currently in the process of being commissioned.

Project 2 Katoomba Town Centre Footpaths

The continued improvement of the town centre footpaths will be funded with $870,000 from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. This follows footpath improvements delivered at Bathurst Road to the Carrington Hotel in 2012 and near the post office and Pioneer Place in 2014.

This new project will see delivery of new footpaths, kerbs and gutters from the southern side of the pedestrian crossing on Gang Gang Street, continuing up the eastern side of Katoomba Street. Tree plantings will remain and Council will refurbish any impacted street furniture. This upgrade will start early 2021 and is expected to take approximately four months.

Project 3: Katoomba Laneway Art Installations

Katoomba Laneway Art Installations Project is funded with a $145,000 Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant. It will deliver, in partnership with the Katoomba tool library TOOLO, art installations to five laneways across Katoomba with artworks selected through an expression of interest process in early 2021. The semi-permanent artworks, valued up to $20,000 each, will be exhibited between two to 10 years. Council will soon be undertaking an assessment of the laneways and seek approval from relevant property owners.

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