Call for state and federal funds to fix access issues at Blaxland war memorial park

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill at the memorial honouring Private Harold Campbell, at Blaxland War Memorial Park.
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill at the memorial honouring Private Harold Campbell, at Blaxland War Memorial Park.

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill has hailed a decision by Blue Mountains City Council to go to the government seeking funds to redevelop Blaxland War Memorial Park.

"The report to the last council meeting follows resolutions from me that set up a traffic study, which revealed there are options to access the park," he said.

"The further report from staff also demonstrates that there are real challenges with accessing the park safely and these will require significant capital works in addition to the capital required to outfit the park.

"These costs are beyond the capacity of our ratepayers to fund so we have resolved to seek funding from the NSW or federal governments to both achieve safe access and egress as well as commence the redevelopment of the park to the state it deserves.

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"This park has great historical significance to Blaxland and the memory of Private Campbell, lost in WWI, and should not be left to rack and ruin. The park, created in his honour, should not be left as it is."

The mayor said the Lower Mountains is home to a higher number of young people and children than other parts of the Blue Mountains and "outdoor space is at a premium".

"This is another reason to invest in future park space and to ask our community to help design it, just as we did at Glenbrook. I acknowledge the challenges but I am glad this is going to the next stage."

The area between the railway line and the Great Western Highway near Wilson Way was a park for many years but it was effectively landlocked by road developments that took place decades ago.