Park open five years ear­lier, says gov­ern­ment

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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