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Friday, August 22, 2014

Spectacular new Sydney Harbour walking track opens to the public

Today a new harbourside walking track opened at the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust’s Headland Park site in Mosman.

“Headland Park is one of Sydney’s most beautiful urban parklands,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.

Senator Simon Birmingham opens the walkwaySenator Simon Birmingham with Geoff Bailey, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

“I commend the Harbour Trust for preserving the site’s natural beauty and heritage buildings. They have transformed Headland Park into a thriving urban parkland fostering commercial and community interests, education and recreation.

“The total cost of the walkway is $204,405 with the NSW SSHAP initiative, aimed at improving public access and enjoyment of Sydney Harbour, contributing $75,000. This is a great example of how revenue derived from commercial activity on the Harbour Trust’s sites has been used to open up and maximise public access.

Senator Simon BirminghamView from lookout mound, Georges Heights Oval, Mosman

“One of the Harbour Trust’s finest achievements is the magnificent harbourside walk from Chowder Bay to Balmoral Beach. This new walking track is the final link in the chain of walkways around Headland Park.
“It provides a pedestrian pathway from Rawson Park to the Georges Heights Lookout, one of the harbour’s most stunning vantage points, and The Tea Rooms Gunners Barracks, housed in the historic 1873 Gunners Barracks and one of Sydney’s finest restaurants and function centres.”

The new walkway is now part of a two-kilometre walking track that starts on the ridge at Georges Heights Oval and goes through to Balmoral Oval via the Georges Head and Lower Georges Heights Lookouts. The Harbour Trust has installed benches for people to sit and enjoy the views along the route.

“Our Government wanted to ensure the beauty of these priceless harbourside locations were preserved so they could be enjoyed by as many people as possible.

“This new walking track forms part of the Harbour Trust’s vision for Headland Park of an urban parkland linking the site’s natural and cultural assets. The pathway maintains the area’s bushland character and encourages public access to Headland Park’s cafes, businesses, sports facilities and recreational activities,” said Senator Birmingham.
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