Centre a boon for tourism

    The new Improved Freight Logistics and Visitor Information Centre.

    Lachlan Shire Council has a new and improved Freight Logistics and Visitors Information Centre, located in the “Utes in the Paddock” precinct Condobolin.

    Opened in November it is hoped the centre will drive visitation to the region and build on Lachlan Shire’s strengths, including their reputation as a destination for an authentic bush experience in the heart of NSW.

    The Centre was designed to pay tribute to the traditional buildings of rural NSW.

    The shire believes they have created a stunning light filled space to view the interpretive displays of local attractions and culture. A feature of the interior is “The Lachlan,” a Holden ute painted by John Murray and local artist Bev Coe, which was especially commissioned for the centre.

    The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual displays to highlight the beauty of the region and encourage visitors to explore the Shire and its attractions.

    There is a café on site where visitors can relax on the shady veranda with coffee and take in the fabulous view of the “Utes in the Paddock”.

    Within the precinct visitors will also find the jockeys memorial garden which pays tribute to Jockeys who lost their lives in race falls.

    The garden was inspired by John Payne’s book, Their Last Ride, and is a beautiful place to sit and reflect.

    There is an off-leash dog exercise area for traveller’s pets, a shady walkway to the town centre, huge redgum carvings and plenty of parking for cars and caravans.

    The overall project included a heavy vehicle rest area and new traveller rest facilities.

    It involved the reconstruction and betterment of 9km of road, including augmentation of the Lachlan Valley Way to improve flood immunity and provide a transport route for heavy vehicles when the Newell Highway is closed.

    The Project was made possible through funding from the NSW State and Federal Governments.

    Lachlan Shire Council is proud to have been able to deliver this project to provide visitors with improved facilities and encourage them to linger in the Lachlan.