Council and Federal Government come together to ensure everyone can enjoy a day at the lake
The jointly funded tourism upgrade of Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve was successfully delivered by Blue Mountains City Council and the Australian Government, through the Community Development Grants Program.
The extensive upgrade works, completed in 2019, ensure the major Blue Mountains attraction is more accessible and better equipped to meet the needs of the thousands of visitors who come to the beautiful spot each year.
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “With grant funding matching Council's own contribution, this $1.3M project provided more modern facilities to cater for increased and diversified use of the reserve and improve the visitor experience.”
A major component of the upgrade was a new amenities block large enough to cater for visiting school and community groups. The project also included a lake foreshore viewing platform, an accessible walking track, interpretive and educational signage, landscaping works and car park.
Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve is one of the most popular destinations within the Blue Mountains, for locals and visitors alike. The upgraded facilities ensure visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy all the reserve has to offer," Mayor Greenhill said.
The Federal Government grant was awarded in March 2017.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the formal completion of the project delivered on a 2016 federal election commitment.
“This project certainly has a long history. I first reviewed the concept designs with Cr Romola Hollywood and Cr Kevin Schreiber all the way back in 2017 at the Reserve,” Senator Payne said.
“It’s welcome news that this project is being capped off and that the government has been able to work with Council to enhance the Reserve as promised.
“With the recent release of the draft masterplan for the Wentworth Falls Lake Park under the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Program, the Reserve has a bright future ahead.”
Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve is one of four district parks in the Blue Mountains. District parks are large and high quality parks that cater to the needs of the broader Blue Mountains community. They offer a wider variety of activities and settings and are often the most popular parks and playgrounds.
Council manages 105 parks and 56 formal playgrounds across the Blue Mountains.