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Western Sydney launches 65km Great West Walk Featured

Launch of the Great West Walk. Left to right: Cr Karress Rhodes, WSROC Treasurer (Liverpool City Council); Cr George Campbell, WSROC Senior Vice President (Cumberland Council); Cr Phil Davies (City of Parramatta); Mrs Jenny Dwyer (City of Parramatta); Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer (City of Parramatta); Ian Napier, Convenor (The Walking Volunteers); NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces the Hon. Rob Stokes; Jacob Messer, Acting Executive Director (Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parklands Trust); Mayor Tony Bleasdale (Blacktown City Council); Katie Littlejohn (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Serivces). Launch of the Great West Walk. Left to right: Cr Karress Rhodes, WSROC Treasurer (Liverpool City Council); Cr George Campbell, WSROC Senior Vice President (Cumberland Council); Cr Phil Davies (City of Parramatta); Mrs Jenny Dwyer (City of Parramatta); Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer (City of Parramatta); Ian Napier, Convenor (The Walking Volunteers); NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces the Hon. Rob Stokes; Jacob Messer, Acting Executive Director (Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parklands Trust); Mayor Tony Bleasdale (Blacktown City Council); Katie Littlejohn (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Serivces).
Media release, 9 October 2019
The Great West Walk was launched today, opening up a new 65km walking route from the Parramatta River to the foot of the Blue Mountains; delivering new links in Sydney’s Green Grid.

Mapped by community group, the Walking Volunteers, the walk winds through a varied landscape of protected Cumberland Plain Woodland, local rivers, public parks, heritage sites and some of Western Sydney’s most iconic urban landscapes. 

The Walk is the result of combined efforts of community groups, land managers and governing bodies, and has resulted in new opportunities for community recreation, exploration, and revegetation.

Following today’s launch, the Walking Volunteers will commence a five-day trek of the full route, celebrating with local communities along the way.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cr Barry Calvert, said “The scale of the Great West Walk is a testament to the power of collaboration.

“WSROC commends landholders including Blacktown, City of Parramatta and Penrith councils, NSW Parks and Wildlife Services, Parramatta Parkland Trust and Western Sydney Parkland Trust, who have turned lines on a map

into a fantastic community asset that will promote more active lifestyles and encourage us to explore what’s in our own backyard.

“I would especially like to thank the Walking Volunteers for their tireless work in mapping the route and providing ongoing support in bringing this project to life,” said Cr Calvert.

Other key participants who have supported the route’s development include NSW Architect, Department of Planning Industry and Environment, Western Sydney Local Health District, Western Sydney Diabetes, WSROC and NSW Office of Sport.

Cr Calvert said “The Great West Walk opens up new areas of Western Sydney for everyone to enjoy. I encourage the community to take advantage of this opportunity to explore the region on foot.

“There are plenty of surprises for locals and visitors to discover, in the unique, less-known landscapes of Western Sydney,” he said.

For more information on the route visit greatwestwalk.com.au

 

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