April 13, 2017
Construction has begun on Warrumbungle National Park’s new $3.5 million visitor centre, four years since the Wambelong bushfire razed the original building.
Due to be completed this year, the new facility will be built to meet all bushfire planning standards - constructed of metal, concrete, rock and steel.
The design draws on the park’s natural features and cultural heritage, particularly ‘The Breadknife’ rock formation, which is represented by large, sweeping sandstone walls in the building.
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said a project planning team, including four local community representatives, helped design the building.
“The construction of this centre highlights the importance of tourism in Coonabarabran and western NSW’s regional economy, and I look forward to the centre being operational,” Mr Humphries said.
The new centre will capture the view and the landscape, with large south- facing windows allowing visitors to see the features of the park, including the Breadknife and Grand High Tops.
It will include interactive displays highlighting the Warrumbungle National Park’s Aboriginal cultural heritage, geology and its newly-accredited status as an International Dark Sky Park.
An artist’s impression of the new Warrumbungle Visitor Centre.
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