Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park has welcomed the completion of works at Bald Hill and congratulated Wollongong City Council on having it finished in time for the busy tourist season.

Mr Park has again urged the Council to now make the redevelopment of the Summit Park at Mt Keira the focus. The rundown and underutilised summit park at Mt Keira has just seen the container café open.

The container café will be open 10am to 6pm on weekends and during the school holidays and public holidays. However Mr Park, a long time campaigner for the summit park upgrades, said much more is needed to be done.

Destination Wollongong has been actively working for a long term solution to reviving Mt Keira as a tourist hub for the region. The recent cruise ship arrival in the City saw Mt Keira offered as a destination for visitors.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Illawarra Ryan Park:

“I have long been advocating for these vital improvements to Mt Keira and am pleased that Bald Hill has been completed so the focus can now be on Mt Keira Summit Park.

“It was great that cruise ship visitors were able to visit the summit park to enjoy the view of the region however to be able to entice more visitors they need a greater experience.

“I have said it before and I will say it again, Council needs to engage with the expertise of Destination Wollongong and experienced tourism industry operators to establish a workable and sustainable tourism experience at Mt Keira. This should include embracing our rich Aboriginal heritage and ensuring we are working towards ensuring we have a strong eco-tourism destination.

“The container café is welcomed as temporary solution however more needs to be done. Opportunities need to be explored and action taken sooner rather than later. This has already taken too long and we need to be proactive in reactivating this site as a world class tourist destination.

“There will be significant economic benefits and employment growth for our region once this site is operating at its full potential.