Friday, 11 December 2020

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance, has today announced further investment into Eden with funding secured for the Bundian Way-node 1 and Jigamy Farm campground upgrades.

Mr Constance announced that the NSW Government, through the Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW), is making a substantial investment in the region by providing $7.1 million to build the first 36 kilometre stretch of the Bundian Way walking track from Jigamy Farm to Fisheries Beach.

“The cultural and natural environment experience that will be on offer when this project is completed will be an incredibly valuable asset for our region.

“This project will attract significant visitation from both domestic and international markets, providing yet another reason to visit the spectacular Sapphire Coast town of Eden,” Mr Constance said.

“In addition to the Bundian Way funding, a further $2.9 million has been secured for the Jigamy campground near Pambula Lake to enable tourists to experience indigenous culture.

“A Cultural Ecotourism facility is proposed with cabins, new campsites, multipurpose facilities and amenities to accommodate up to 200 visitors,” Mr Constance said.

“With the start of summer school holidays, a bright end to a tough year will usher in a busy start to 2021 in Eden as the NSW Government works to deliver a range of local region-building projects to stimulate the local economy and create jobs.

“It’s been a horror year with bushfires and COVID, but we’re ready to put that behind us with a bumper holiday season followed by a productive 2021,” Mr Constance said.

The Bundian Way and Jigamy Farm projects add to what already makes Eden great.

The NSW Government is backing Eden and the wider Far South Coast region by investing in projects that enhance the visitor experience, increase the visitor economy and create jobs.

“We have so many projects underway or due to commence in Eden, with in excess of $70 million having already been either invested or committed to projects in or near to the town,” Mr Constance said.

The NSW Government has already invested $32 million for the $44 million Eden Wharf extension, and funding commitments exist for in excess of $36 million to deliver additional major projects.

“When the New Year arrives, we will be working alongside the community on an exciting range of region-building projects for Eden and the South Coast,” Mr Constance said.

“The Revitalising Eden Harbour Program will include Eden Welcome Centre, Safe Harbour Project, and the Eden Harbourside Activation Project, each of which will make a significant contribution to the visitor economy.

“The Port Authority’s development of the Eden Welcome Centre is nearing completion to provide a first-class arrival point for visitors to complement the Eden Wharf extension that was completed last year,” Mr Constance said.

“Transport for NSW’s Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office is delivering the Safe Harbour Project with tenders having been called to install a 366-metre wave attenuator to protect vessels and infrastructure in Snug Cove from extreme wind and wave conditions.

“The Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) is leading the Eden Harbourside Activation Project with $1 million having been allocated to clear and remediate the former Marine Discovery Centre site to allow for further revitalisation of the area.

“The Department’s focus is on identifying a feasible scheme for a future use of the site that complements the tourism and working port environment.

“DPIE has granted a temporary licence to the Eden Visitor Information Centre to allow mobile food and drink outlets in Snug Cove over summer to service its residents and the many visitors to the region.

“Three food vans are due next week, including Fry Daze and two by Banjo’s Oysters selling seafood, who will join local coffee vendor Mad Tribe Brew. 

“The Sapphire Coast will be a magnet for summer staycations, boosting the economy as thousands are drawn to the region to enjoy its spectacular beaches, stunning scenery, excellent fishing, outstanding bushwalks and great local produce,” Mr Constance said.

The NSW Government’s investment in Eden will ensure the town will be a year-round destination for tourists for years to come.”



Pic attached: Andrew Constance with the CEO’s and Chairs of Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council and Twofold Aboriginal Corporation at today’s announcement