Orange City Council’s plans to upgrade the Lake Canobolas Scout Camp have been boosted by today’s announcement of $1.34 million in state government funding.
Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless today announced funding from the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund.
The upgrade “includes building four new dormitory style blocks, redeveloping ablution blocks, constructing RV facilities and refurbishing the outdoors and pavements,” Mr Colless said.
“Improvements will cater for seasonal workers and school groups, and encourage an increase in recreational visitors and mountain bike tourists.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the project is one of 14 new projects to receive a share of the $50 million available for infrastructure projects that draw tourists from outside the region or encourage them to stay longer and spend more.
“I congratulate Orange City Council on this funding win and look forward to seeing how these signature projects will transform Orange status as a holiday and tourism haven and a fantastic place to live, work and play,” Mr Barilaro said.
The $1.34 million will be boosted by $500,000 Council funding towards the total $1.8 million project.
Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd is excited about plans to upgrade the Scout Camp.
“There are real opportunities to grow niche tourism to the region, now we can bring the camp’s dormitory style accommodation up to date with this major upgrade,” Cr Reg Kidd said.
“We’re working on plans to make Mount Canobolas a mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts. This is exactly the kind of budget-end accommodation option that’s in short-supply in the Orange region.
“It’s great to working in partnership with the NSW Government to develop the tourism infrastructure we need to grow jobs in the region.
“The result of this funding will be a multi-purpose accommodation facility that has the flexibility to cater for a broad range of visitors that are currently not catered for in the Orange and the Central West region.”