new isio aciliyo Baigo tops
Big dy fally boke: Eie Sae o o dogh
Miise o toism ad Miise o he He Jodi McKay ofciallyopeed a ew isio aciliy a he Moai Maid Gold Mie ea Glocese.
nSW has boke ee om a hisoic o dogh yeas. no a sigleich o he Sae is ow ofcially dogh declaed.
the Keeally Goeme hasiesed $820,000 io hepgade o he aciliies, pa oa ogoig eo o iceaseois mbes o he aea.
“This event sees the gold minesite in the Copeland Tops StateConservation Area, in Barrington Tops, re-open to the public or the frsttime in two years,” Jodi McKay said.Now that these works are complete,visitors can once again accessthe site, which not only containsremnants o the gold-miningera such as shats and miningstructures, but is also an importantwildlie habitat area. As part o the redevelopment o the site, the Government has beenworking with Gloucester Tourism todevelop a ‘Discovery’ program orthe general public and tour groups,which help attract even greaternumbers o visitors to the area. The NPWS will also now beoering ‘Hidden Treasures’ toursaround Mountain Maid Gold Mineon Wednesdays and Saturdays,explaining the history behind themine and introducing people to theauna and ora o the park. The Hunter region received thehighest number o overseas visitorsin a decade last fnancial year, with122,000 overseas visitors comingto the area – staying nearly 2 millionnights and injecting $130 million intothe Hunter economy.
TheNSWGovernmenthas invested$820,000 upgradingthefacilitiesat the MountainMaid GoldMine.
“October drought fgures painta bright picture or NSW. Fromwestern NSW, the north, andthrough the centre o our Statedown to the south-west cornerthe country looks magnifcent,”Minister or Primary Industries,Steve Whan said.“Not since June 2001 has NSWbeen ree o drought and now weare on the brink o a $2.85 billionwinter crop harvest. While we doneed to recognise that the droughtbreaking does not mean animmediate return or those armerswho will still need to go throughplanting and growing new crops,there is no denying this is greatnews,” Steve Whan said.Even as recently as December2009, 95% o the State was indrought or considered marginallyin drought.The NSW Government hascommitted $535 million in droughtassistance measures since thedrought began.
Primary IndustriesMinister Steve Whanannounced the o fcialend o thedrought.