After an extensive period of research and consultation, the Blackguard Gully Draft Masterplan has been endorsed by Council to be placed on public exhibition.
The draft Masterplan reveals seven key themes developed in response to learnings gathered through the community consultation process, which aim to celebrate the history and heritage of Blackguard Gully as a site of national significance. The Masterplan outlines ideas for upgraded toilet facilities, parking and picnic areas, upgraded pedestrian access, interpretative pathways, lighting, landscaping and signage.
“Bringing Blackguard Gully to life will focus on sharing and acknowledging the Wiradjuri, European and Chinese heritage significance of the site whilst highlighting the site’s natural beauty and conserving its archaeological value,” shared Mayor Brian Ingram.
Council has invested $500,000 into unlocking the potential of Blackguard Gully as a destination for both locals and visitors with a further application for grant funding of $150,000 through the Office of Environment and Heritage recently submitted.
Over the years, there has been intermittent investment and use of Blackguard Gully however it is largely under-utilised because it is unsafe and offers no amenities. The draft Masterplan suggests ways to better connect the site with the town centre and promote it as a key destination for regional visitors.
It is anticipated that the outcomes set down in the Blackguard Gully Masterplan will be delivered through a staged approach with Stage 1 works to be undertaken in 2019.
The draft Masterplan is now available for the community to view and provide feedback via www.hilltops.nsw.gov.au and hard copies of the documents will also be available to view at the Hilltops Council, Young office. Submissions to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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