Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced half a million dollars in funding has been awarded to Kiama Municipal Council for the Bombo Headland Eco Walk under the New South Wales Government’s $300 million Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.

Mr Ward was joined at the announcement by Gino Belsito, Director Engineering and Works at Kiama Municipal Council along with the Mayor of Kiama Mark Honey and Cr Warren Steel.

“I am extremely pleased that this $500,000 funding will allow Kiama Council to construct a stairway attached to the existing rock form that will link the rock shelf to a walking trail on the top of the Bombo Headland,” he said.

“The Bombo Eco Walk link will enhance the existing amenities of the walking trail and by its unique location will attract additional visitors to our local area.

“This is a highly utilised location for bush walkers and this new stairway will allow walkers to explore the Bombo Headland in its entirety and will provide a spectacular vista of the coast that will attract visitors, community and environment groups to our region.

“This significant funding means we can continue to promote the natural beauty of this region and make sure it continues to be known as a major regional tourism destination.

“This announcement will give Kiama Municipal Council the best opportunity to make the Bombo Headland Eco Walk a must-see spot for anyone thinking of travelling to our beautiful region.

“I would like to single out Cr Warren Steel for his passionate advocacy of this project. Cr Steel raised this with me some years ago. I have enjoyed working closely with him to make this project a reality.

“These grants don’t just enhance the livability of our community for locals, they are a great tourist drawcard. This grant comes off the back of the $4.5Million I have secured for the Minnamurra River boardwalk and cycle way as well as $4.2Million for upgrades at the Minnamurra Rainforest.

“Our local environment is so precious – these investments give people greater opportunities to explore everything our beautiful region has to offer,” Mr Ward concluded.