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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


“This project doesn’t stop with just reopening the road. We want the Bridle Track to be the destination for 4WD enthusiasts, campers and bush lovers,” Mr Toole said.

“An investment of $150,000 will make it easier for bushwalkers and four wheel drivers to enjoy the incredible natural beauty that makes living here so special.

“Camping areas will be improved on the Bridle Track and a new toilet will be built at Root Hog Reserve.”

Last month, Mr Toole officially reopened the new two-kilometer diversion stretching above Monaghan’s Bluff and rejoins the road towards Hill End.

For years the Bridle Track linking Bathurst and Hill End has been closed to traffic due to rockslides, which has made the road impassable at Monaghan’s Bluff. The new diversion has been constructed to rejoin Bathurst to Hill End.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said it has been a drawn-out process as there were a number of significant steps that had to be followed to get this stage.

“The NSW Government committed $2 million for this iconic road to be reopened,” Mr Toole said.

“The funding was made available to Bathurst Regional Council to go towards allowing vehicles to once again complete the 60 km journey between Bathurst and Hill End.

“The Bridle Track is a favourite with four-wheel-drive enthusiasts, campers and anglers and is an example of how heritage tourism can benefit the region.

The campgrounds along the route are a lure for locals and visitors alike and present a number of opportunities to bring outdoor enthusiasts to the area and boost the local economy.

The additional works to the campgrounds is part of $3 million in maintenance and improvements to tracks and trails across NSW by the Department of Planning and Environment – Crown Lands.


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