NSW Government grant for historic road signs

12 February 2013

NSW Government grant for historic road signs

Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced the NSW Government will provide $20,000 to the Lithgow City Council for road signs along Coxs Road in commemoration of the bicentenary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains.

“Coxs Road was the first road from Sydney to Bathurst, built by William Cox at the instruction of Governor Macquarie in 1814,” Mr Gay said.

“It was named and proclaimed by Governor Macquarie on 25 April 1815 after he travelled along the road by carriage.

“Cox's Road is a unique example of early road building in NSW. Sections of the original road remain and are of historic significance.

“The funding allocation follows representations by Member for Bathurst Paul Toole.

“The Coxs Road Project Committee, a volunteer organisation dedicated to mapping, preserving and sharing the story of Coxs Road, will manage the sign project,” Mr Gay said.

Mr Toole said the committee will use the funds to install interpretive signs, route alignment signs and route direction signs along Coxs Road.

“The signs will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the building of the road and are expected to become a significant community resource featuring historical, educational, tourism and research information,” Mr Toole said.

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