Friday, 10th August, 2018
By Myles Burt
Line of Lode development
A $30 million Line of Lode development stood a good chance of being funded through the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, according to Barwon MP Kevin Humphries.
The State Government has announced its 20-year vision for NSW, which aims to allocate the legacy funds solely to regional areas.
Mr Humphries said the government was setting up a $40 million scoping exercise on how the fund should be spent.
The project will outline a range of existing projects and the regional plans already in place.
"We've obviously got a few projects sitting there that people like me would like to see get up," Mr Humphries said.
"So what we're wanting to do in the next step is to hear from people who are living in each of the regions in more detail."
Mr Humphries said he hoped to direct funding towards tourism, freight, renewable energy, health and aged care opportunities in the region.
"One no brainer is the Line of Lode obviously," he said.
"That's a $30 million project to develop up the Line of Lode."
The major development features an interpretive underground miner's tour, a sculpture garden, sunrise and sunset viewing platforms, a state of the art amphitheatre along with changes to existing facilities such as the Broken Earth Cafe.
"They're the game-changing projects we want to see promoted," he said.
Mr Humphries said other priorities were sealing and connecting the Silver City Highway towards Tibooburra and the Warry Gate Road in Southern Queensland.
"The missing link between Warry Gate north of Tibooburra through to Noccundra is what we're looking for support from the Feds and the Queensland Government," said Mr Humphries.
"That will give us the second inland North-South route in the country."
Mr Humphries said he expected a "significant slice" of the fund to be put toward Barwon projects.