Opening of Lighthouse Road
VISITOR ACCESS A LITTLE LIGHTER AT TACKING POINT
The iconic Tacking Point Lighthouse in Port Macquarie is now more accessible thanks to the completion of upgrades to Lighthouse Road East.
Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan, who attended today’s opening, said the widening and resurfacing of the stretch of Lighthouse Road from Matthew Flinders Drive to the lighthouse would help attract more tourists to the local landmark.
"The upgrade has allowed the lighthouse to link into the existing Coastal Walk path, thanks to a new 284-metre-long footpath leading from Davis Crescent to the lighthouse," Mr Conaghan said.
"By connecting two of the region’s most popular attractions – the coastal walk and lighthouse – we can look forward to seeing more visitors take in the beauty of Port Macquarie."
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s $540,000 investment would support the region’s tourism industry.
"The Tacking Point Lighthouse is Australia’s third-oldest operational lighthouse and listed by the National Trust, so making it easier for people to visit is the first step to attracting more people to the Mid North Coast and Port Macquarie in particular," Mr McCormack said.
"This project, which already supported 25 jobs during construction, will also promote job opportunities in the supporting tourism and environmental sectors, while reducing lighthouse maintenance costs – a win all around."
Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor Peta Pinson thanked the local community for their patience while these important upgrades took place.
"The project has been completed without a hitch and ahead of schedule, which is testament to the hard-working crews and cooperation of our community," Mayor Pinson said.
"Whether you’re walking, riding or driving to check out the amazing view, or visiting to catch a glimpse of a passing whale, your journey will be much safer from here on in."
"I really encourage everyone to take the time to visit what is without doubt one of the most scenic and enjoyable spots on our beautiful coastline."
The project received $540,000 in funding from the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government under the Building Better Regions Fund. This is an $841 million investment designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
This project has received joint funding of $540,000 invested by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and $1.04 million contributed by Council, as a cash contribution of $540,000 and an in-kind amount of $500,000.
Further information is available at pmhc.nsw.gov.au/lighthouse-road-upgrade or by calling Council on 6581 8111.