The new gold mining themed entry shelter and associated revitalisation works were officially opened at the Peak Hill Gold Mine on Monday.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall was personally in Peak Hill to officially open the works, which are supported by the NSW Government.
“The Peak Hill Gold Mine is a key driver of the Peak Hill visitor economy, and we're proud to be supporting Parkes Shire Council's efforts in revitalising the visitor experience at the mine through our Regional Visitor Economy Fund,” he said.
Council's Destination Development Manager Kelly Hendry said the mine is popular among travellers through Central NSW and on the Newell Highway, particularly caravanners, wanderers and family groups.
“These improvements at the Peak Hill Gold Mine are designed to encourage visitors to stay and explore longer, which is anticipated to have flow-on benefits to Peak Hill businesses,” she said.
“Council recognised the potential in this project and provided matching funds to maximise the upgrade to visitor facilities at the mine.”
Major works undertaken at the mine included the design and construction of a bespoke Peak Hill Gold Mine entry shelter, designed to look like an old mining relic; new and improved interpretive and directional signage; and the installation of a drinking water refill station.
Interpretive sculptures and soundpost to tell the mining story were also developed, as were revamped walking trails/trackworks, seating, and directional signage and bollards.
Majority of the works were carried out by local suppliers such as Peak Hill fabrication company Zaidan Pty Ltd, which has further benefitted the Peak Hill economy.
Visitors can continue to undertake self-guided tours of the site from 9am-4pm daily.