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Halloran's Hill Lookout Park and Interpretive Trail.



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The Hon Wilson Tuckey MP Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

14 September 2002 WT61/2002

HALLORAN'S HILL LOOKOUT PARK AND INTERPRETIVE TRAIL

The Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, the Hon. Mr Wilson Tuckey, today opened the Halloran's Hill Lookout Park and Interpretive Trail-one of the Queensland Heritage Trails Network projects to have received funding through the Commonwealth Government's Federation Fund.

'The Halloran's Hill Lookout Park and Interpretive Trail will allow visitors to follow a trail through the parkland and picnic areas and then on through the Mabi forest and down into the crater. Artwork created by local artists, and signs shaped like vines and flowers, will help draw visitors to different points of interest and intrigue,' Mr Tuckey said.

'The project will help visitors understand the area's geographical features, agriculture and the history of Atherton and pre-settlement by Europeans.

'The project received $643,000 Commonwealth funding and visitors can explore how Halloran's Hill has changed over the years, fascinating stories of Atherton's past and the rare Mabi forest, which used to cover most of the shire.'

The Commonwealth Government is providing $48 million from the Federation Fund to build the Queensland Heritage Trails Network. The Queensland Government is contributing $39 million and other funding partners are providing $23 million.

The Network links many of the significant features of Queensland's natural environment, Indigenous cultures and social landscape through the development of 32 major sites, 29 of which will receive Commonwealth funding.

'The Halloran's Hill Lookout Park and Interpretive Trail is an excellent example of how the Commonwealth Government's Federation Fund is giving communities lasting legacies from Centenary of Federation celebrations,' Mr Tuckey said.

'By celebrating the past, these projects provide an important investment in the region's cultural future-not to mention the economic and employment opportunities for local communities.'

Media Contacts

Graeme Hallett ( Minister Tuckey's Office ) 0419 688 440