Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed the official opening of the Wellington Caves visitor experience, saying it will provide an added boost for tourism in the western parts of NSW.
Mr Saunders said the caves are a significant contributor when it comes to attracting visitors to the Dubbo electorate, and the $4.2 million project will add to an already prosperous industry.
The new facility includes a cafe and admissions area as well as educational exhibitions such as a discovery laboratory and mega fauna exhibition.
“The NSW Government provided $3.8 million in funding towards the Visitor Experience as part of the Stronger Communities Fund, which was provided as part of the merger process between Dubbo and Wellington councils,” Mr Saunders said.
“The Wellington Caves are an important part of our tourism sector, and are one of four locations to make up the Great Big Adventure Pass that was launched last year, so it is terrific that the government could provide significant funding towards what is one of the jewels in our crown when it comes to attracting people to our region.
“The facility deserves a modern visitor experience, and that is what we have now got thanks to the financial assistance provided through the Stronger Communities Fund and the work done by staff within Dubbo Regional Council.”