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Gee Glee As Furnace Blasts Forward

Media Release

JM095/2018

12 May 2018

Joint release with:

Stephen Lesslie

Mayor of Lithgow City Council

Andrew Gee

Federal Member for Calare

  • Redevelopment of the Blast Furnace Park constructed in 1905 is now complete
  • Lithgow to attract more tourists to iconic piece of Australia's industrial heritage
  • Coalition Government provided $545,050 to Stage 2 of the project

The redevelopment of the historic Blast Furnace Park in Lithgow will preserve a significant aspect of Lithgow's heritage and increase visitor numbers to the regional New South Wales town.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Coalition Government is committed to improving regional communities.

“The redevelopment of the Blast Furnace Park has preserved an iconic piece of Australia's industrial heritage that will showcase the integral role Lithgow played in the development of an Australian steel industry,” Dr McVeigh said.

“It will continue to be a key feature of Lithgow's rich heritage—the birthplace of the Australian iron smelting industry—and a major tourist attraction in the Blue Mountains."

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee joined the community to officially open the redevelopment during the first night of the Lithgow Heritage Festival Light Show.

“The Blast Furnace Park will serve as a focal point for cultural heritage community events and performances accommodating around 40,000 visitors each year,” Mr Gee said.

“Redevelopment works included the construction of suspended walkways and viewing platforms, safety fencing around exhibits and new perimeter fencing.

“This project has provided a boost to the region's economy through construction, and will result in increased visitation which means more tourists spending more money.”

Lithgow City Mayor Stephen Lesslie said he had no doubt the project would be fantastic for Lithgow and the region.

“This place, that has been so well known, visited and explored over decades, is a monument to the forethought, industry and hard work of our forebears that not only put Lithgow on the map, but heralded the industrialisation of Australia,” Cr Lesslie said.

“This project, which Council has partnered with the Australian Government to deliver, gives a sense of the grandeur of the blast furnace and I am pleased to see it complete.”

Stage 2 of the redevelopment project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government investing $545,050 and Lithgow City Council $914,000.