Joint Media Release with Member for Eden-Monaro Hon. Dr Peter Hendy MP
The Australian Government will provide the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) in NSW with $700,000 to develop a business centre to capitalise on the huge tourist potential of the Bundian Way.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Peter Hendy, jointly announced the funding during a visit to the Eden LALC today. The Government’s investment will focus on funding capital expenditure and the refurbishment of premises.
Minister Scullion said the Bundian Way extended for about 360 kilometres and was an ancient pathway between Targangal (Mount Kosciuszko) and Bilgalera (Fisheries Beach).
“The Bundian Way is of great cultural significance to the Yuin people and, in 2012, was the first Aboriginal pathway to be listed on the NSW State Heritage Register,” Minister Scullion said.
“It is an ancient pathway that links the highest part of the Australian continent with the coast and traverses some of Australia’s most spectacular countryside.
“We will work with the Eden LALC and other stakeholders to develop the Bundian Way as a walkable pathway all the way from the NSW High Country to the South Coast.
“When properly developed, it has the potential to not only attract vital tourism dollars, but help to inform visitors about the region’s Indigenous heritage. The Coalition is all about jobs and growth and this funding will help to support this outcome.”
Dr Hendy said the Bundian Way offered great tourism potential for the Bega Valley region.
“The Bundian Way is a significant piece of Indigenous heritage in our region,” Dr Hendy said.
“I’m very proud to be part of a government that is committed to preserving this area for all to enjoy.
“I’m sure the Bundian Way will continue to see increased interest and will be an important tourist attraction in the Bega Valley.”