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Zig Zag & Oberon Council Tourism Development grants.



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Peter Andren MP - Independent Member for Calare

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4 December 2006

Zig Zag & Oberon Council Tourism Development grants

Almost half a million dollars in tourism development grants have been awarded to the Zig Zag Railway and Oberon Council, according to Peter Andren, Member for Calare.

“The Zig Zag Railway will receive $85,000 for the restoration of the historic hospital and train and Oberon Council will receive over $400,000 towards the promotion and development of the Tablelands Way tourist route,” Mr Andren said.

“The Zig Zag Railway is one of the Calare electorate’s major tourist drawcards, running daily steam train runs and special events such as the ‘Wizard Express’ and ‘Friends of Thomas’ days.

“This grant will help add the historic hospital train to the Zig Zag experience, assisting with the restoration of two carriages and a locomotive.

“The funding complements the extensive contribution to the Zig Zag Cooperative that has been made by volunteers from all over Australia, and will help attract more visitors to the railway and the central west as a whole,” Mr Andren said.

“Oberon Council has also been successful with its application to develop and promote the Tablelands Way tourist drive to encourage traffic off the main highways through Calare to explore the central tablelands, Blue Mountains, and the central west.

“The Tablelands Way connects Canberra, through Goulburn and Taralga to Oberon, Lithgow, Mudgee and into the Hunter region, and Stage 1 is to promote this route as a tourism gateway.

“The grant is to help develop signage, brochures, a web presence and research other promotional ideas to alert travellers to the region’s world heritage areas, national parks, and destinations such as the Jenolan, Abercrombie and Wombeyan caves.

“Both these grants represent a worthwhile investment in the future of tourism in Calare and the central west of the state,” Mr Andren added.

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