Work starts on Warrumbungle visitor centre
Work has started on Warrumbungle National Park's new $3.5 million visitor centre, NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said today.
The former visitor centre was destroyed in the Wambelong fire. Its replacement, expected to be completed by the end of this year, will be built to meet all bushfire planning standards, constructed of metal, concrete, rock and steel.
"It has been a tough four years of recovery since the devastating 2013 Wambelong fire," Ms Upton said.
"Its design draws on the park's natural features and cultural heritage, particularly the rock formation known as 'The Breadknife', which is represented by large sweeping sandstone walls in the building."
Mr Humphries said a project planning team, including four local community representatives, helped design the building.
"The construction of this centre highlights the importance of tourism in Coonabarabran and Western NSW's regional economy - I look forward to the centre being operational," Mr Humphries said.
The new centre will capture the view and the landscape, with large south facing windows allowing visitors to see the features of the park including the Breadknife and Grand High Tops.
It will include interactive displays highlighting the Warrumbungle National Park's Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, geology and its newly accredited status as an International Dark Sky Park.