Hikers and holiday makers rejoice! The Light to Light Walk south of Eden is set to receive $8million to develop a “world-class walk” with “eco-friendly accommodation” options along the way.
The announcement was made by Member for Bega Andrew Constance this week as the NSW government announced a $1.9billion investment to protect and improve the state’s environment and heritage.
Central to the investment is $630million for national parks, walking trails, public parklands and gardens “to enhance visitor safety, amenity, enjoyment, and for education and research”.
“This is just fantastic news for the environment, the region and its local economy,” Mr Constance said of the investment in Eden.
“There is so much in this project that is good news for everyone.
“The NSW government’s commitment to this significant investment in regional tourism will create jobs, drive economic growth and bring substantial international tourism to the NSW Sapphire Coast.
“The funding will help upgrade existing trails and provide for the first purpose-built hut to hut walk in a NSW national park.
“It will be a world class, wild and remote four day coastal walk along the coast of one of the state’s most spectacular parks with eco-designed, environmentally sensitive accommodation along the way.”
The Light to Light walk runs for 39km and links the historic Boyd’s Tower to Green Cape Lighthouse and on to the Wonboyn estuary at Disaster Bay.
“It will enable all levels of walkers to appreciate the beautiful, wild coastline of Ben Boyd National Park while taking in its unique fauna and flora and numerous vantage points for whale watching,” Mr Constance said.
“Ben Boyd is a stunning national park not just because of its very abundant and conspicuous wildlife but also because of the Aboriginal and European history which is very evident along the walk.
“This will help to create a whole new generation of people who appreciate nature and become future advocates for the protection of our environment.
“It will also generate considerable economic activity and jobs.”
Mr Constance said once the walk is completed, the upgraded park should support the equivalent of 23 full time jobs.
Funding will be made available under the NSW Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund.