Park open five years earlier, says government
WIANAMATTA Regional Park at Ropes Crossing is now open on weekends.
NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman opened the park to the public for the first time on Saturday and announced the addition of 200ha of bushland to the site.
He said that under an agreement between the State Government and Lend Lease, the park would open five years earlier than ex- pected. A further 450ha of land would be transferred once Penrith Council approved the transfer.
Initially, the park will be open to the public only on weekends until road works are completed in next few months. It will then be open seven days a week.
“This site was sold 13 years ago by a previous federal Labor government, but we are honouring an election commitment to return the land to public hands,” Mr Speakman said.
He said the government remained committed to the retention of emus on the former ADI site.