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    2018 - 07.03

    Step up: Graham Burgess at Stanwell Tops, looking down the coast along where the Grand Escarpment Walk would go. Picture: KIRK GILMOURElection 2015: NSW decidesThe Illawarra escarpment walking track should become a commitment from both parties, environmentalists have said ahead of Saturday’s election.
    Nanjing Night Net

    National Parks Association Illawarra branch president Graham Burgess called on member for Heathcote Lee Evans to match Labor’s promise of $1 million to develop the track, which would run from Otford to Mount Kembla.

    He said Labor’s plan would cover a section between Bald Hill and the entrance to the Wadi Wadi track, just north of Coalcliff train station.

    “In the previous government [and] the current government, we’re not seeing anything firm. We’re seeing ad hoc planning, nothing that’s broad. We’re seeing minimal commitment regarding funding,” he said.

    Mr Burgess said most states in Australia had several great walks, but NSW did not.

    “There’s no reason the Illawarra can’t have one as well … a world-class walk,” he said.

    “Once you have one that’s recognised as a great walk, you get international publicity as well, because people go looking for them. This is a starting point for us to re-engage with whoever the government will be.”

    Mr Evans said the government had already committed money to a project that included this area, and this was ongoing.

    “We matched it in 2013. We put $4 million into the Great Eastern Range project, which covers the area, Mr Evans said.

    “The master plan is that you’ll be able to get on a bike or walk from the Queensland border all the way to the Victorian border, without going on a main road. That escarpment walk is part of that commitment.”

    The $4 million was for advancing the section between Bulli Tops and the Shoalhaven. It is not clear what actual work has been done.

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