$50 million to seal Cobb Highway
This week’s announcement of $50 million towards the sealing of the Cobb Highway will provide a boost to tourism numbers according to Peter McCrabb, President of The Long Paddock Committee.
“We have been involved in the lobbying to seal the Cobb Highway since the inception of The Long Paddock Committee in 1999. We greet this announcement with much excitement, knowing that this will provide a boost to tourism numbers across the region” added Mr McCrabb.
The unsealed section of the Cobb Highway runs from Ivanhoe to Wilcannia a distance of just over 120km. Sealing of this section will enhance The Long Paddock touring route and provide the most direct route from Victoria for tourists visiting the iconic outback towns of White Cliffs and Broken Hill.
“Sealing this section of the touring route will allow us to market the route as a touring loop – taking visitors from Victoria, along The Long Paddock and then heading either west to South Australia or east through Dubbo for their return journey to Victoria. It opens up the northern part of the touring route providing yet another option for visitors travelling north each year. For the Caravan and Camping market this will provide incentive to explore the region as a whole. We know from our research that visitors are sometimes nervous about travelling on unsealed roads – it will be great to re assure those visitors that access will now be all weather” added Mr McCrabb.
The announcement of the new $50 million Western NSW Freight Productivity Program would represent a win for the region, with produces having greater access to southern markets and also opening up the area to tourists. “It is recognition of the contribution to the NSW economy of outback NSW, not only from primary producers but also from the ever growing tourism sector. This will have an immediate effect for the Central Darling Shire but also a flow on effect for shires to the south, as visitors travel along the touring route” said Mr McCrabb.