New Tourist Route hopes for Kurri Kurri

                              New Tourist Route hopes for Kurri Kurri   6.10.11

Kurri Kurri and Cessnock could be on a new tourist route following the decision by Cessnock Council last night to work towards a new State recognised Tourist Route winding its way from the exit of the Hunter Expressway at Kurri through the historical coal mining  sites before arriving at the vineyard attractions of Cessnock.

Greens Councillor James Ryan who put the resolution to Council  said there was a great opportunity to bring more tourists through Kurri Kurri  on their way to the Hunter Valley Wine Country and the sandstone charms of Wollombi.

‘Kurri Kurri is an area that is often under appreciated and has a lot of heritage to offer tourists.’ Said Mr Ryan.  ‘We have a fabulous  public Mural collection  as well as the great Richmond Main Mining Museum.’

The Hunter Expressway gives us the chance to have a lot of tourists which would have previously bypassed Kurri experience our town, its heritage, the surrounding bushland and wildflowers.’

‘To have Council throw its weight behind getting a Tourist route through Kurri and then taking in the Coalfields heritage of Weston Abermain, Neath and on to Cessnock has the potential to attract new visitors and generate new businesses.’

‘I’m very pleased that the all Cessnock Councillors supported the proposal.’

Fellow Greens Councillor Chris Parker said ‘The Kurri Kurri area is often overshadowed by the big tourist destination of Wine Country, but there is a lot to see before you get to the actual vineyards and we will be encouraging travellers to take slow down and take a little extra time to enjoy the village atmosphere along the way.’

James Ryan  0414 922 591
Chris Parker  0434 332217

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