Blue Mountains News

Echo Point Upgrades Nearing Completion

Source: Blue Mountains City Council
Posted: 19 Jun 2020
An accessible elevated walkway, overlooking The Three Sisters, is one feature of the soon-to-be completed upgrade at Echo Point.
A major upgrade of Echo Point is nearing completion.

In October 2019, Council commenced works to enhance Echo Point Lookout for the community and visitors.

The upgrade includes:

  • a new gathering space (amphitheatre)
  • a new Prince of Wales Lookout, and
  • an accessible, night-lit boardwalk connecting the lookouts, amphitheatre and Council’s accredited Visitor Information Centre.

Since then, while work has continued at the site behind construction hoarding, the popular lookout has seen unprecedented action.

“In early December 2019 we had thousands visit Echo Point Lookout to see the remarkable sight of bush fires burning in the Ruined Castle fire,” Mayor Mark Greenhill said.

“Then in March this year, Council had to take the extraordinary step of closing Echo Point Lookout, and our Visitor Information Centre, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Redevelopment at the site is now nearing completion and Council is looking forward to removing the construction hoarding and reopening the precinct, fully, for visitors.”

Council received matched funding from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions grant program for the project. A Federal Government Safer Communities Grant also funded CCTV and other security upgrades, including bollards and evacuation signage, at the site.

“A highlight of the upgrades is the creation of a gathering space that has been designed in consultation with Gundungurra and Darug Traditional Owners, to provide an impressive and immersive experience for all those who visit the site,” Mayor Greenhill said.

“The place we now call Echo Point has been of great significance to Gundungurra and Darug people for time immemorial, and is linked to creation stories which connect it to other sacred stories across the continent. It is also one of the most visited sites of Aboriginal cultural significance in Australia.

“We want the special value of this place to be appreciated by everyone, so that they take away a deeper appreciation of the complexity and beauty of Aboriginal culture.”

It is anticipated that the upgrade will be completed by the end of August.

“It is also great that we will be able to reopen the Prince of Wales Lookout that has been closed for 10 years, and provide a 140-metre accessible, night-lit elevated walkway,” Mayor Greenhill said.

Blue Mountains City Council - Enhancing the visitor experience at Echo Point.

Last month a 130-tonne crane placed part of the new walkway into place at Echo Point.
 
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