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Council Receives Heritage Grant for Historic Cox’s Road Project

Source: Blue Mountains City Council
Archived 4 Nov 2017 - Posted: 5 Sep 2017
Ward 2 Councillors, Chris Van der Kley (Deputy Mayor; second from left) and Romola Hollywood (far right) and Linden Resident’s Association reps Marilyn Pride (far left) and Lewis Morley, welcome the OEH grant funding for the conservation of the historic Cox’s Road.
Blue Mountains City Council has been successful in receiving a $10,000 grant from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage to develop a conservation management strategy for remnant sections of the historic Cox’s Road in Linden. Council will also be contributing at least $15,000 towards the development of the strategy.

The conservation management strategy will develop a first stage framework for appropriate care, conservation and ongoing use of remnant sections of Cox’s Road focussing on the section in Linden. The remnant section of Cox’s Rd, near Dawes Park, Linden, is a State significant heritage item listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.

Ward 2 Councillor, Romola Hollywood, said: “There are significant day to day threats to the remnants of Cox’s Road so it is important that we plan for the care and conservation appropriate to its heritage status.”

In July 1814 Cox began supervising the making of the 163km long road from Emu Plains to Bathurst completed in only six months on 14 January 1815. He was given 30 labourers and a guard of eight soldiers. Today, only a few sections of the existing highway follow the original route. The abandoned sections of Cox’s Road traverse across Local and State Government land and private property.

Ward 2 Councillor, Deputy Mayor, Chris Van der Kley said the increasing use of this section of Cox’s Road to access the popular Paradise Pool swimming hole in the adjacent National Park would gradually erode the significant heritage features if it is not appropriately managed. “This grant funding will help raise public awareness of the importance of Blue Mountains heritage.”

Cr Hollywood said Council recognises the sensitivities within the Aboriginal community regarding the role the road played in the European occupation of the Blue Mountains and Central West, and the dispossession of Traditional Owners which resulted. “We will be very sensitive to these issues when we are planning for the conservation of the site, especially any interpretation of it, and will consult extensively with relevant Aboriginal communities so that the full story is told.”

Council will also work with the Blue Mountains Region of NPWS, the Rural Fire Service, state agencies and Linden Resident’s Association to develop the strategy. Linden Resident’s Association members Marilyn Pride and Lewis Morley said: “We are very pleased to see the development of a conservation management strategy for this section of Cox’s Road and look forward to working with Council on this important project.”

Blue Mountains City Council acknowledges the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Heritage Council for the grant funding under the NSW Heritage Grant program. Council was also successful in receiving OEH grant funding for Lennox Bridge, Glenbrook and The Gully, a declared Aboriginal Place of Significance in Katoomba.

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