The Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre has been given a massive facelift, with its doors reopening to the public last week.
The almost $1.4 million upgrade, jointly funded by the federal government and Blue Mountains Council, was opened by Senator Marise Payne and Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill on Friday.
The upgrade began in March, and includes internal alterations to the visitor centre and changes to the entrance to modernise the building, plus a huge sandstone wall in front of the centre announcing arrival in Glenbrook.
The landscaping surrounds two flights of sandstone stairs engraved with the names of the Mountains villages, next to an 11-space car park.
“The sandstone wall is certainly a striking statement of the unique geography of the Blue Mountains and our status as a city within a world heritage area national park,” Cr Greenhill said.
“The project has delivered a modern facility at the gateway to the Blue Mountains to meet the needs of our growing tourism sector – a key contributor to the regional economy.”
Battling against the highway noise from hundreds of cars flooding into the Mountains late on Friday afternoon, Senator Payne welcomed the centre’s reopening.
“It is wonderful to join with members of the Blue Mountains community to officially open the new, eye-catching centre which will help enhance the services offered by local tourism operators,” she said.
“By supporting the local tourism industry we’re also ensuring there are local job opportunities which are critical for the regional economy.”
The centre will also serve as an office space for the Regional Strategic Alliance between Penrith, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains councils.